This event is far from being an isolated act. It takes place in a context of general crisis, of blind violence, of the occupation of almost a third of the capital’s territory by armed gangs, of almost total paralysis of the country’s political, economic and cultural life. It is an indicator of the disarray of a society, the logical continuation of an astonishing and sad escalation that has accelerated in recent months.
This situation was described in the message of the Jesuits of 18 December 2020. In it, we sounded the alarm and called on the national and international actors concerned. The assassination of President Moïse, while worsening the chaos in which the country is mired, is also a mirror that reflects the major problems that are paralysing society today: the serious security crisis, the collapse of institutions, the constitutional vacuum, the deep discredit of politics and the rejection of the Head of State by a large part of the population, the “gangsterisation” of the inhabitants of the working-class districts of the cities and the rural world as a political strategy, the polarisation of political life, the bitter failure of the international players, the selfishness and narrow-mindedness of a large part of the all-powerful economic oligarchy. (...)
The President experienced a level of unpopularity rarely recorded by a Head of State in the country’s political history. The collapse of the economy and its harsh repercussions on the population, especially the marginalised majority sectors, (...) his lack of political experience and his catastrophic management of the crisis, especially his relationship with the gangs, all unfortunately anticipated the tragic end of the political experience of this young entrepreneur. (...) His assassination creates a situation close to chaos.
It is in this special context, made of anguish and uncertainty, of suffering but also of hope, that we, Jesuits of Haiti, are called to announce the Risen Christ, the Victor over evil, of violence, of lies and of death: to incarnate the Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus. Such a situation makes us realize our human limitations, our powerlessness; but at the same time it invites us to rely on the grace of the Lord, who never fails; to live authentically our mission of making life grow and hope germinate in the hearts of the women and men of our country, especially the youngest. In this way, we will continue to participate in the process of healing and reconciliation of the great Haitian family so that it can finally experience integral liberation and find a taste for life. There is no need to tell you that we also count on your active fraternal solidarity.
May the Lord bless our country; may he grant us peace, consolation and serenity!