Hunger, power strikes and flooding are only some of what Haiti is facing.
Haitians have long been accustomed to turmoil, – facing political corruption, earthquakes and now deportation. The country along the coast of the Caribbean is having a bumpy ride towards stability.
Their President Jovenel Moise was assassinated in July and since then, their lives have been in a constant state of uncertainty. They have faced an earthquake of up to 7.2 magnitude, which killed and displaced thousands. Flash floods have erupted throughout the region leaving over 2,000 dead. Homes and lives shattered, the events unfolding here are already adding to the poverty, hunger and increasing violence unfolding throughout the region.
As a result of political instability, the country has been left open to attack. As of Tuesday 14th September, a power struggle has since risen to the forefront. However, after centuries of corruption and neglect, Haitians no longer hold their political system in such high regard. Feeling forgotten by their own country and the West, they have now learned to depend on “me, myself and I” for survival.
Even with the surge of foreign aid given to the country after the devastation brought on by the earthquake in 2010, the money seems to only have furthered the country’s political and social issues.
“I don’t follow politics,” says Kino Saint-Lot to the New York Times. Kino, who happens to be a 24-year-old juice vendor in Port-au-Prince, further added that “things are already hard [for him] as they are.”
The daily worries for many in Haiti are simple: food, water, shelter and a place to rest their head at night. Kidnapping under this new state of insurgence is a continuous risk as many try to navigate the streets at night. Even small children cannot escape this fear. Access to power, water and fuel are few and far between with crossing some parts of the city just made impossible by gang warfare.
For these reasons, it’s no surprise that many have fled the country, leaving their homes and belongings behind in a desperate attempt to make passage to the US through the Texas border. More than 12,000 migrants have camped out in Del Rio, Texas, along the border of Mexico. While many make the unsafe journey on foot and with children. The US prepares to begin mass expulsion flights sending migrants back to Haiti. The deportation scheme could reach up to 7 flights a day.
Many have criticised Donald Trump for his views on deportation, but the Biden administration seems to be acting just as readily to send Haitians back home. Even Haitians who lived in the US for years face the threat, as many are shipped back to a country they now barely recognise, simmered in political and social chaos.
US government officials said on Monday that although the United States has expanded its protection for Haitians who had arrived in America before July 29th, those who embark on the journey now are not granted the same protection.
So far the treatment of Haiti migrants arriving on the US border has been horrifying. Current US Vice President Kamala Harris criticises her own nation’s border patrol as videos and images emerge showing countless human rights violations in the US’s round-up of migrants.
“What I saw depicted about those individuals on horseback, treating human beings the way they were was horrible,” the vice-president told reporters on Tuesday. “I fully support what is happening right now, which is a thorough investigation into what is going on there, but human beings should never be treated that way, and I’m deeply troubled about it.”
The Vice President left saying she would be in touch with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
“I don’t think anyone seeing that footage would think it acceptable or appropriate,” Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday. “It’s horrible to watch.”