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Canadian missionaries rescued from riot-stricken Haiti

Mon 18 Feb 2019
By Eno Adeogun

More than two dozen Canadian missionaries stranded in Haiti during violent protests have been safely flown out of the country.

A team of 26 Christians from Alberta had been working for the aid group Haiti Arise when they became stranded by the protests at a compound in Grand Goâve, about 31 miles from the capital of Port-au-Prince.

"It just has been escalating and building up," Lisa Honorat, co-founder of the Christian group told Calgary Herald when she arrived at Calgary International Airport on Sunday.

 

"It started to get really scary and it was all over the country, not just in the city."

Monday marked eleven days of the Caribbean country being gripped with unrest. Demonstrators are calling for President Jovenel Moise and Prime Minister Jean-Henry Céant to resign over soaring inflation and corruption allegations.

Honorat's twelve-year-old daughter, Miesha, also required rescuing from Haiti.

 

"I was sad to leave because I have family down there and friends," the young missionary said.

 

"And it was different because I hadn't been in that kind of situation before in all the times I've been to Haiti…It is scary because I know a lot of people in the general area where the riots are happening."

Her father Marc Honorat, who runs the group with his wife, has remained in Haiti as "he didn't want to send the wrong message, that anytime there's something wrong we just all leave".


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