The general secretary of Eglise des Freres Haitiens (the Church of the Brethren in Haiti), Romy Telfort, is expressing appreciation for prayers from the US Church of the Brethren following the assassination of Haiti’s president Jovenel Moïse.
Yesterday Telfort sent a voicemail to Jeff Boshart, manager of the Global Food Initiative, sharing that the churches in Haiti are saddened by the assassination. Telfort has spoken to church leaders across the denomination and is encouraging them to stay home and not to travel, if at all possible.
On top of the political crisis, he mentioned that tropical storm Elsa just swept over the island, with high winds stripping leaves and unripe fruit from trees in the mountain communities of Grand Bois and Savanette near the border with the Dominican Republic.
The fruit, primarily avocadoes, typically ripens in September or October. It is counted upon by families with school children, who can get a meal from an avocado before going to school or after school, said Boshart.
“Insecurity [in Haiti] has been increasing for months and is now at its highest in recent memory,” Boshart added.
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