I have traveled to Haiti three times now. First to report on Christian Haitian Outreach’s mission work with Haitian Orphans. Second, to report on a story about a man denied Temporary Protected Status in the U.S. who was deported to Haiti and forced to leave his wife and 3 children behind, despite living in the U.S. for 15 years. And, last, to cover the aftermath of a devastating hurricane that left thousands of people homeless or living on the roofs of their mud-soaked homes.
It shocks me that a country so close to our home can look so utterly foreign- void of sewage, trees, clean water, jobs, hospitals. And yet- even after the pledge to help Haiti after the January earthquake, the country remains in shambles with so little hope for so many.
Haiti is a difficult place to visit as a traveler. And, the State Department recently cautioned Americans regarding a rash of kidnappings to and from the Airport in Port-Au-Prince. And yet, I have found happiness among the despair. A beautiful culture. Vibrant people. Great music and and art work. Here are some photos from my travels to a country that will always have a place in my heart. My thoughts and prayers always for the first Black Republic.