Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A birthday to remember

Today I turned 21. Today was also a day of rioting in Haiti. The election results were revealed late last night, and people were not happy. In Port au Prince the rioting began instantly continuing on all through the day causing the whole city to shut down. We had reports that it is literally in flames from all the burning tires. It was a moment that I could not describe this morning, as I was sitting visiting with Dan, Carolyn and Gary on the front porch with our coffees. There was a cool tropical breeze, and palm trees around me and coffee in my hand. A perfect birthday morning in my mind. Yet in the distance yelling could be heard, as well as gun shots off in the distances. Yes, a perfect birthday moment. It really was a great day except for the fact that I have to head to the airport in the morning, and we were getting word that all flights on December 8th were being cancelled. No problem I thought we'll leave early the next morning, just to make sure we are on our 1050 flight. I was determined that it was going to happen, telling my self all day that I will be on that flight and God WILL make it happen. Well, I was wrong, and in tears, now the only thing being I wanted to get home. My flight was cancelled due to employees not being able to get to work. Great. Thank-you God for this information. Now, how was I going to get on a flight out of here when hundreds of others are on flights wanting to get out of here. Time for a break down. I wanted on that plane. After calling Barb and sharing the information about our flight, I was on the phone with American Airlines. Shared my sob story about the capital being in flames, my flight being cancelled, and the country being a mess, with two ladies they got me and Barb out on flights the next day. Hallelujah! Then on to our hotel reservation with Hotwire, who straight up tell up no refunds for cancelations or moving it to another day, bring on the sob story once again, after looking up the situation on the internet, apologizing, she happily refunded our hotel. Once again Hallelujah! So please pray that I will be on that flight friday after noon and back in Canada.

Happy Birthday to me.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

My opinion on the election

Here we are 6pm, still waiting for the election results that were due at noon today. Now, we are hearing midnight the last possible moment for those involved. We have cancelled school till the new year, because of how volatile things are right now, which is only going to worsen. Because of how late they are putting off the announcement we have decided (and from all the information we have been hearing and gathering) there are four possible out comes of this things all ending on not a good note. The top two are suppose to have a run off election on Jan 16, the current results are showing Manigat with 30% Martelly with 25% and Celestine with 20%.

  1. Manigat and Martelly are in the top two run off ( just as results that have been released are showing) which would lead to the Unity party and their supporters rioting, but would be considered a fair election
  2. Constitution is changed, allowing Manigat, Martelly and Celestine to have a run off election in January, this would lead to all three parties supporters to riot.
  3. A "mysterious box" of ballots all for Celestine appears some where, giving him 50% of the vote, which would make him president, and the other parties rioting due to a corrupt and unfair election, yet again.
  4. Annulment of the election, once again lead to rioting of the people, mainly Celestine's people. 
My opinion is option number 2 as they have kept putting of the result announcement, meaning they are looking for a loop hole for Celestine. 

On a side note, results have come out from the cholera outbreak saying it is linked to the Nepalese UN soldiers out in the Artibonite. 

One unhappy country tomorrow

* late night edit* Run off election will be between Manigat with 31% and Celestin with 21%