~A group of men sit on their motorcycles at the busy intersection. They chat and laugh and watch traffic going by as they wait for potential customers to arrive. A carload of visiting Americans driving by sees all the men gathered in a group on their motos and says, "This motorcycle gang seems dangerous. Why are they here?"
~Sarah is out for a morning jog in rural Haiti, in the distance she sees a man walking toward her with some sort of weapon in his hand. She is alone on a run and becomes fearful. She turns back to run the opposite direction rather than passing the man on the road.
~We receive an email, explaining that an American family in Haiti is in need. The email went on to explain that the family needs to leave Haiti before the elections later in October, because the country is dangerous - even more so during elections. The family is raising a lot of money to get out of Haiti.
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Sometimes, as a family living and working long-term in Haiti, it becomes clear why there is some animosity toward foreigners. Over the years the volume of people that have come here and misused funds, left their employees and vendors unpaid, and entered into inappropriate relationships or chosen to do things they deemed "helpful" while never asking, "What would be helpful?" is utterly mind-numbing.
Haiti does not need the media or visiting foreigners/humanitarians/missionaries to stir up drama for their own attention, fundraising, or sales.