You live in a very poor “neighborhood” in a very poor country.
If you’re doing well, you make $3 a day selling things at the market. What kind of things? Pretty much anything you can think of –food, art, you name it.
You barely have enough money to feed your family and to have a 10 x 12 shack to live in.
You are fortunate enough to have been able to save up some money and buy a “moto” for you to get to the market. But it’s hard to fit all of your family on a “moto.”
The trip from your shack to the market usually uses a gallon of gas per day. Between traffic, hills and poorly running engines, that’s a reasonable estimate.
And then, the government announces yesterday that they are raising the cost of gas (no longer subsidizing it) by $1.25 per gallon. Suddenly another 40% of your income goes to buying gas so you can go to the market and try to sell the art and jewelry and stuff you’ve made.
So, which meals do you skip? Lunch? Nope, can’t skip that one- because you already are. You and your family are already used to living on two meals a day. That leaves a total of 14 meals left in a week. You could barely make enough for that – and now your costs are going up.
So, do you skip 5 meals a week?
Do you skip two days at the market? That’s going to hurt your income even more.
Ugh, this is not fair. Why does the government do this to me?
I don’t know how I’m going to feed my children. I don’t know what to do!
That is why people in Haiti are rioting this weekend. They were hanging on to life literally on the edge and suddenly their costs are going up substantially – and they don’t have the ability to absorb that increase.
As Martin Luther King said it:
“A Riot it the Language of the Unheard.”
Right now, literally as I’m writing this I’m talking to friends in Haiti who are saying this is some of the worst rioting they have ever seen and they are being told (I don’t know by whom) to expect it will be worse on Monday.
Please join me and pray for peace in Haiti. Pray for protection – for all lives, but especially for the lives of children and those who care for them.
There are many people in Haiti who have reached the end of their proverbial rope and feel like this is the only way they can be heard. Pray that God would open up other ways to resolve this.
Thanks for praying,
P.S. There is hope that a rainstorm that is predicted for Tuesday will help cool people down and reduce the rioting. Tuesday is a long ways away. Oh and that rain storm – might actually come in the form of a hurricane.
Which brings the potential for a whole additional set of problems – flooding, crop damage, house damage, job loss, sickness, and the list goes on.
As a friend of mine told me about an hour ago, #lovinghaitiisexhausting