Speaking the Truth in Love


“For God so loved [the people of Haiti] that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should  not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

Location: Caribbean, western one-third of the island of Hispaniola, between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic

Haiti is the western part of the island Hispaniola, which was an important strategic location in the 17th century used by the Spaniards and France.
In 1804 former African slaves established independence from France, and renamed the area Haiti, it became the world’s oldest black republic. About 95% of Haitians are of African descent.
In 1934, after a 19-year occupation by U.S. military forces, Haiti regained sovereign rule.
Today Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, the country has been plagued by political violence for most of its history.
Over three decades of dictatorship followed by military rule ended in 1990 when Jean-Bertrand ARISTIDE was elected president. On February 29, 2004 Aristide submitted his resignation as President of Haiti and flew, Boniface ALEXANDRE, former President of Haiti’s Supreme Court, assumed office as interim President.

Extensive deforestation (much of the remaining forested land is being cleared for agriculture and used as fuel). The most direct effect of deforestation was soil erosion. In turn, soil erosion lowered the productivity of the land, worsened droughts, and eventually led to desertification, all of which increased the pressure on the remaining land and trees.


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