Early this morning the President of Haiti, Jovenel Moise, was assassinated at his home near Port-au-Prince. This Miami Herald article provides more details.
We are deeply saddened by this act of violence and the broader wave of lawlessness that has gripped Haiti’s capital. The president’s murder comes during a dramatic escalation of gang violence that has terrorized ordinary Haitians and forced thousands to flee their homes in the capital.
Our staff in Haiti is safe. Our Emergency Management Team is meeting virtually, collecting, analyzing, and sharing information. We are reaching out to our networks and partners, including a larger coalition of organizations in Haiti and abroad that advocates for democracy, rule of law, and the protection of human rights.
We ask that you pray for Haiti, that there will be an end to this violence, and that a path out of this crisis leads to a stable democratic order that is especially sensitive to the rights of the most marginalized.
We are grateful for your commitment to Haiti. We will keep you updated as we learn more.