Activists, protestors in Miami-Dade seeking protection for Haitian migrants

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Political instability, natural disasters and an unfathomable amount of violence continue to ravage the people of Haiti.

“Mothers have to sleep in shifts to prevent their daughters from being raped and kidnapped, " said Marleine Bastien, Executive Director of family action network movement.

Bastien says every day she is getting calls from families that people in Haiti are desperate to get out of what has now become a “fight for flight” situation.

“Haiti has turned into a burning hell--there’s no protection, said Bastien.” “The justice system doesn’t work-- Even the president couldn’t be protected.”

Country-wide price hikes in gas, food and supplies are now leading to more uproar.

Protesters in Port-Au Prince are calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry.

With a nation in crises and little to no help internationally, Basiten says calls to the Biden Administration have gone unanswered.

Seeing and experiencing Gang violence has become a way of life in Haiti.

With hundreds dead and thousands displaced, the country remains at a standstill.

“The only way to stop the flow of people coming here on makeshift rafts and boats is to address the root causes of the migrations,” said Bastien.

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