Monday, June 5, 2023

They remember the lives of Haitians and Dominicans who died seeking better opportunities

The memory of his life and the dreams that were left behind today, on Sunday, the demand for solidarity and justice for the people of Haiti who are going through the worst humanitarian crisis, an event of violence that characterizes the neighboring Caribbean country.

“Something has to be done so that more (people) do not continue to die and so that more (people) do not die, Haiti must be helped to get where it is, otherwise the journeys will continue, because poverty is so strong that he seeks a better life“said the Catholic priest” I am Peter-Louisunder the leadership of the parish of Santurce, Saint Mateo, which often becomes a refuge for those who overcome a journey in the deep sea.


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The procession of the “Via Crucis del Migrante”, which left the chapel of Nuestra Señora del Carmen, in Toa Baja, to the Isla de Cabras National Park, precisely to remember the lives, but also to carry a message of help.

“We are organizing this procession in such a way that the world will turn its eyes not only on Ukraine, but also on Haiti, which is close by.” Pierre-Louis stated, stressing the need for countries such as France, the United States and Canada to intervene. “They got us (where we are) and they can help us because Haiti is not a problem, Haiti is in a problem,” he said.

The procession of the “Viacrucis del migrante”, which left the chapel of Nuestra Señora del Carmen, in Toa Baja, to Isla de Cabras in the public park. (Alejandro Granadillo) The parish of San Mateo, in Santurce, is on many occasions a refuge for those who try to overcome the journey in the deep sea. During the procession, they took pictures of people who lost their lives on a dangerous journey in search of a better life. (Alejandro Granadillo) parishioners came to the event, including Haitians and Dominicans living in Puerto Rico. (Alejandro Granadillo) An operation that ends in Isla de Cabras with an act of prayer in memory of the Haitian women who died in one of the crossings of the Dominican Republic. The action involved Pierre-André Dumas, from the Haitian diocese of Anse-à-Veau-Miragoâne, and the Dominican Bishop Jesús Castro Marte, from the diocese of Nuestra Senora de la Altagracia, in Higüey. Haiti’s insecurity and instability has caused a migrant flow to Puerto Rico. In the case of the Dominicans, they seek to improve the quality of life and overcome the increase in food resources and demands. (Alexander Granadillo)

The procession left at 3:45 from the Catholic chapel. Parishioners came here, including Haitians and Dominicans living in Puerto Rico. Many carried pictures of those who are no longer in their hands. The photos were taken by Leonardo Proofohil, the Haitian leader in Puerto Rico.

The bishop took part in the act Peter-Andre Dumasthe Haitian diocese of Anse-à-Veau-Miragoâne;eating the castle on Marsfrom the diocese of Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia, in Higüey, the region from which most of these roads of wicked men proceed.

“People are constantly on the move, looking for opportunities and opportunities, and the Church, as a spiritual mother, prays for so many people who are dying… and within that space, in the Mona canal, many arrive, but also many stay. in the middle of the said Castle of Mars.

To actually pray in procession. (Alexander Granadillo)

The insecurity and instability of Haiti has caused a migrant flow to Puerto Rico and other destinations, the conditions of hunger they suffer and the labor abuses they have suffered for decades. Dominicans are trying to improve their living conditions and overcome the increase in food and basic needs.

Once in Isla de Cabras – where they arrived a little after 6:00 in the afternoon, they held a short ecumenical act, called “crying our flags”, which placed on the beach some forty images of Dominican and Haitian migrants who died in the world. cross to Puerto Rico and sink the flags of Haiti, the Dominican Republic, the United States of America and the Vatican into the sea.

“All the unfortunate incidents that have happened, we feel part of us, because we are sister islands. Those trips are very sad. We can go to their regions and visit them, because it is so difficult for them to come to us, it is very sad.” said Socorrro Navarro, a parishioner in Espíritu Santo, a parish in Toa Baja.

Archbishop of Saint John, Monsignor Robert Gonzalez NievesIn order to know more, he called a meeting of the legislature about this tragedy. Although acknowledging that Puerto Rico’s immigration laws are subject to federal issues, he stated that initiatives could be requested from Congress that would promote a more humanitarian situation in Puerto Rico, to receive immigrants from Haiti and the Dominican Republic, as well as from other countries.

The monsignor said that he had formed a group of Dominican and Haitian priests, nuns, and lay people to stand up to this situation of pastoral migration and show the solidarity of the people. “You try to achieve some changes,” he proposed.

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