Before the 17th annual Haitian-American Unity Parade began its march along Blue Hill Avenue Sunday, the crowd prayed together in a circle. Heads bowed, they considered the thousands of Haitians who could be deported if the federal government does not renew their temporary protected status.
A Haitian legislator and a community-based group have launched a petition urging United States President Donald Trump and the US Department of Homeland Security to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians living illegally in the United States.
Direct Relief airlifted 82 tons of medical aid to Haiti to help treat cholera and other diseases that have spread widely since Hurricane Matthew struck in October, incapacitating the country’s already overstretched health care system.
Nearly three weeks after Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti’s southwestern tip, towns like Jérémie and others are still facing major problems.
In a humanitarian effort last month, Beyonce visited Haiti to survey the progress made since the deadly 2010 earthquake that hit Port-au-Prince claiming up to 300,000 lives.