Below is a post from EffectivScholarship Awardee Elisson Adrien, who is studying medicine in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Please keep Elisson and the people of Haiti in your prayers. Learn more about this bright young man on our giving page here.
After a much needed break to the United States, I was back to Haiti very excited to go back to school. Unfortunately, that was not the case. Instead, I am stuck in Port-au-Prince but somewhat safe. I have been sick with fever, coughs, and maybe sinus infection which is probably due to burning of debris and tires all over. No need to be worried for my health though. I took some medications that I have, and I am feeling a little better. Thank you so much everyone who has reached out to me via email, text, call, or Facebook.
Here is the current situation:
Last February 7th, 2018 marked the second anniversary of the current President of Haiti, Jovenel Moise. These anniversaries are usually celebrated by the president and his partisans. But, this year was very different. Thousands of protesters took the streets of the capital and other cities asking for the resignation of the president. This results to many people becoming prisoners in their own houses. Roads are blocked; stores are closed; offices are closed; streets are dangerous; prices are all time high, no water for anything, and everyone is panicking. Today was the 7th day and protesters were not shy to take the streets for the 7th times to walk to the National Palace asking for the resignation of the president. But, no one has heard from the president among all this turmoil. We have been willing to go back to Layaye, my home village (120 miles north of Port-au-Prince) but that has been impossible because there is not any public transportation and the roads are blocked. I am asking for your prayers for Haiti in general and me in particular as the protesters became more violent today robbing and putting fires in many places.
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