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Visit to Haiti
September 2001
Haiti

Visit to Haiti

The travel ‘advisory’ on Haiti from the US State Department is enough to put fear into any tourist: ‘Haiti continues to experience civil and political unrest. Protests and demonstrations, which can turn violent at any time, occur periodically throughout the country… There are no ‘safe areas’ in Haiti. Crime, already a problem, is growing’. If I were a tourist, I would have chosen another place to visit. However, over the past five years the Lord has opened up opportunities for me to go there and preach the gospel, and this year would be no exception.   As in any situation, you make your plans, and...

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-Haiti
August 1998
Haiti

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-Haiti

Haiti has been much in the news in recent years, but not for the best of reasons. It has, for many years, experienced severe political instability following the overthrow of the Duvalier dynasty. At the moment the country is experiencing relative tranquillity, thanks to UN and American troops who occupy strategic points throughout the country. Visitors to the island are warned at the airport, before leaving the USA, that their safety going through the airport at Port-au-Prince, the only international airport in the country, cannot be assured. Geographically, Haiti shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic. It is considered by many to be...

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August 1998
Haiti

Haiti – the facts

  Area: 10,700 square miles. Environment: western part of island of Hispaniola; two-thirds mountainous. Tropical climate, although cooler in the mountains. Population: 7.1 million. 90% are Afro-Caribbean descendants of black African slaves; nearly 10% are mulattos (French and African descent). Language and culture: French (official language); Haitian Creole. 33% are literate. The indigenous culture has a mixture of African, French and Caribbean elements. Economy: Very few natural resources; coffee the main cash crop, also sugar, sisal and cacao. Deforestation, drought and soil erosion are major problems. 60% of the population live in poverty. Many have emigrated to America. Religion: Roman Catholic 72%; Seventh-day Adventist 6%;...

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