On the morning of July 7, Haitian president Jovenel Moïse was assassinated in his home. Convoy of Hope reached out to partners on the ground and received firsthand insight about the situation. As it stands, Convoy’s work will continue despite widespread unrest in Haiti.
The assassination — which left the president’s wife, Martine, in critical condition — has caused widespread riots, gang activity, and increasing political tension. Investigations continue, but early reports indicate “highly trained gunmen” were involved.
Pastor Samuel Lucien, National Director of Mission of Hope — Convoy of Hope’s local partner — was at home when he heard the news.
“I was shocked, and I could not believe it,” he said. “I thought it was not true. My generation is not familiar at all with assassination of a president. Everyone was concerned about instability and stayed home.”
He explained that the country briefly shut down as word of the president’s death spread, but the government quickly (yet cautiously) called for airports to reopen and normal operations to resume insofar as they are able.
“We are optimistic and eager to continue our critical work,” Pastor Samuel said, adding that he knows there is a chance that current school feeding programs are educating and providing for future presidents and leaders of the next generation.
Still, he knows that providing help and hope to those who need it most in the weeks to come will not be easy.
The living conditions are hard for the Haitian people who continue to face challenges with food crises, COVID-19, and potential hurricanes. “Many people may — and will — lose jobs. I am afraid that the country [might] face an extreme famine and hunger in the coming days. I feel any support to face the famine will be important, in addition to prayers,” said Lucien.
As the Haitian people continue to search for a sense of normalcy in this tumultuous time, Convoy of Hope is glad to provide help and hope to those affected. To support Convoy of Hope as we continue our work in Haiti and around the world, click here.