2010 has brought us a series of seasons in Haiti, some harder than others. Through every challenge and trial we have placed our hope in Jesus and God’s Love. God is still in charge of all things and His promise is for a future with Him for eternity!
Our Haitian brothers and sisters continue to live under duress. The year started with a killer earthquake last January that claimed the lives of over 300,000 and left 1.3 million people homeless living in tents and conditions that would facilitate the spread of disease. With only 2% of the rubble removed after a year there are still a great number of corpses decaying and a medium for potential diseases to spread rapidly.
A cholera outbreak is still traveling from one community to another taking with it the last marks of the people’s dignity. It is leaving behind its genocidal tally, more than 81,000 people have contracted cholera and more than 2,500 have succumbed after a short fight. It is reported that in six months to a year more than 600,000 people might become infected. When it was announced that cholera has reached Port-au-Prince, we thought this was the last of the doom days in Haiti!
We feared the coming of a hurricane and what it could do to accelerate the spread of the diarrheal disease and that it could blow into oblivion the great number of people living in tents. Praise God for an answer to the prayers of many when hurricane Tomas spared us of its destructive wind but we still suffered from the torrential rainfall.
When we thought nothing else could happen to our country – the National Elections came. It was unbelievable to me that even in the presence of the international community there could be such an epiphany of organizational ineptitude. This should have been a time for hope. The spirit of the people needed to be lifted after so many of their battles for survival seem to have been lost. A simple gift of fair elections could have erased the indifferent perception the poor people of Haiti have regarding their leadership. This is a Christmas that is meeting a Haitian state of mind that, for a while now, has been more agitated than ever.
Yves, Samathe, Steve and Marc