The causes of this situation are numerous, and the
Jesuits identify the main ones: glaring social inequalities, absence of public
policies for integrating citizens, lack of empathy and citizen awareness,
accumulation of social injustices, and disregard for fundamental values such as
solidarity, respect for life and the environment, promotion of the common good,
and looking beyond one’s own interests.
However, according to the position taken by the
Society in Haiti, this situation of distress risks obscuring many of the riches
that can certainly contribute to overcoming the crisis and re-launching the
country. Haiti possesses immense natural and cultural potential: a rich
subsoil, 1,700 km of coastline, numerous historical and natural sites, and a
diaspora of more than 2,000,000 people with resources. There is also the
beginning of a citizen's movement which, despite its limitations, is a source
of hope for building a strong democracy and restoring the rule of law.
In conclusion, the Jesuits invite all religious forces
to unite on the road to Haiti’s rebirth in the social sphere for the good of
the nation, overcoming the divisions between Catholics, Protestants, and Voodooists.
They urge national and international actors, the country’s vital forces, social
and political activists, the Haitian diaspora, and “the valiant people of Haiti”
to join together to save Haiti.
Read the position paper by clicking here.