15,500+ have fled Port-au-Prince. Homes, churches, businesses and schools have been burnt down or occupied by gangs. Haiti’s president was attacked in his home and killed. Tearfund works closely with the League of Pastors, a network of church leaders in Port-au-Prince. As soon as the violence escalated, they set up shelters for those who had fled, and Tearfund provided food, hygiene kits, and cash assistance for other essential needs. The shelters were soon overcrowded, so church leaders opened their homes. They also wanted to help the gang members. So the League of Pastors nominated leaders in their churches to be trained in peacebuilding and conflict-resolution skills. It is hoped this will lead to community dialogues with gang members and bring about healing and restoration in their communities and peace for Haiti. The church continues to be a refuge and a hope to people during this crisis, but the situation remains critical.
Building peace in HaitiWritten by David Fletcher 05 Aug 2021
- Pray: for violence to end so that people can return home and rebuild their lives, and for God to raise up new leaders to navigate the crisis. (Matthew 5:9)
- More: www.tearfund.org/stories/2021/07/how-the-league-of-pastors-is-building-peace-in-haiti