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PRAYING FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD ONE COUNTRY AT A TIME – This week we are praying for Haiti, which is located on the western half of the island of Hispaniola (“Little Spain”), which is shared with the Dominican Republic (DR.) Christopher Columbus visited in 1492. The first European settlements were on the DR side. Spain gave what is now Haiti to France in 1697. The name Haiti means “Land of Mountains”. Slavery in Haiti ended after a guerilla war 1801 led by a former black slave. The next century was turbulent for Haiti as the society segregated between ‘black’ and ‘mulatto.’ Finally in 1915, the US invaded to protect US property rights and investments. While troops were withdrawn in 1934, the US maintained fiscal control until 1947. And, then came the dictatorships of the Duvalier father and son. Starting in 1988 a new series of military interventions, electoral irregularities and other political unrest brought more instability to Haiti. The US and UN have been involved in peacekeeping missions on and off since the 1990’s. Political unrest continued up to the present time because of storms, earthquakes, floods, diseases, food shortages, violence, crime, inflation, and inability to reach political accord. In February, a new President, Jovenel Moise, was sworn in. It is the poorest nation in the Americas. Let us pray for a better chapter for Haiti.