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Amid Haiti’s spiraling violence, Florida residents worry about family, friends in the island nation

staticwire | April 1, 2024

In a developing story out of Haiti, Florida residents are expressing deep concerns for their loved ones on the Caribbean island nation as ongoing violence and unrest continue to escalate.

Cosy Joseph, a resident of Boynton Beach and founder of the Gaskov Clerge Foundation, has been closely monitoring the situation in Haiti from afar. The foundation has long been dedicated to providing healthcare, education, and sports opportunities in both Haiti and the United States. Joseph, who has strong ties to Haiti, expressed her shock and dismay at the current state of affairs, stating, “I’ve never seen Haiti like this. I’ve never seen so much devastation … I’ve never felt so helpless and hopeless.”

The situation in Haiti took a turn for the worse about a month ago when armed gangs launched a series of attacks on prisons, police stations, the international airport, and even upscale neighborhoods in the capital city of Port-au-Prince. The violence has resulted in scores of deaths and left thousands homeless, fueling fears of widespread hunger.

Joseph shared the harrowing experience of her family members in Port-au-Prince, who feel like prisoners in their own homes due to the unsafe conditions outside. She emphasized the widespread impact of the violence, stating, “It’s heartbreaking for everyone, and I think almost every Haitian, whether you are living outside of Haiti or in Haiti, is impacted by this.”

In response to the escalating crisis, the U.S. State Department and the Florida Department of Emergency Management have been organizing chartered evacuation flights to bring American citizens safely out of Haiti. Over 200 people have been flown back to Florida since the violence erupted.

The situation in Haiti remains fluid and unpredictable, with concerns growing about the humanitarian crisis unfolding on the island. As the international community grapples with how best to support Haiti in this tumultuous time, the voices of concerned residents in Florida serve as a reminder of the deep connections between the two regions and the urgency of finding a resolution to the crisis.

This is a developing story. Stay tuned for further updates on the situation in Haiti.

Written by staticwire


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