"Ask not what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive...then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
Howard Thurman

Thursday, December 9, 2010

And now this...

Things are calm in our apartment, but we're hearing reports from the streets that the situation is chaotic.  The airport is scheduled to be closed again tomorrow and to top it all, President Preval has now placed the blame for everything on the protesters saying in a live radio speech "This is not how the country is supposed to work.  People are suffering because of all this damage".  He completely misses the point that his inability to lead a functioning government is the reason the country is not working and people are suffering and now people are angry and taking to the streets.  

I read two articles that summarize the situation if you'd like to learn more (pasted below).  

We remain in "lock down" until things become more stable, so no need to worry about us.  It's the rest of the country that needs your thoughts and energy.

I think the headline of this one says it all:  " Warzone Haiti: UN armoured cars take to rubble-strewn streets as cholera-hit protesters vent fury over Presidential election result"....


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Election Results

Yet another roadblock to true democracy here.  We were sent home from work at 2pm yesterday in anticipation of the release of presidential and senatorial election results and are on lock down until further notice.  What was scheduled to happen at "6pm sharp" happened at 9:20pm.  Gunshots, rioting and burning tires were the immediate reaction.  Our neighbors / friends who also happen to be journalists stopped by after their long day today and last night.  Frank did a great job of summarizing why people are so angry on his blog so instead of recreating, please read his story here: