PRAYER MAP—HAITI

Document Sample
PRAYER MAP—HAITI Powered By Docstoc
					                          PRAYER MAP—HAITI
GLOBAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING
•     Estimates suggest that up to 27 million people are held in slavery worldwide.
•     The International Labour Office (ILO) estimate that the slave trade generates close to US$32 billion
      annually. Trafficking in women is the second largest global organized crime today, generating approxi-
      mately US$12 billion a year.
•     Of individuals trafficked internationally from impoverished countries, 80 percent are female and 50 per-
      cent are children.

                                                         THE SITUATION
                                                         Haiti is a source, transit, and destination country for
                                                         men, women, and children trafficked for the pur-
                                                         poses of forced labour and sexual exploitation.
                                                         Haitian women, men, and children are trafficked into
                                                         the Dominican Republic, The Bahamas, the United
                                                         States, Europe, Canada and Jamaica for exploitation
                                                         in domestic service, agriculture, and construction.
                                                         Trafficked Dominican women and girls are forced
                                                         into prostitution.
                                                         Several NGOs noted a sharp increase in the number
                                                         of Haitian children trafficked for sex and labour to the
                                                         Dominican Republic and The Bahamas during 2008
                                                         when the UN peacekeepers arrived.
                                                         Women and girls from the Dominican Republic are
                                                         trafficked into Haiti for commercial sexual exploita-
                                                         tion. Some Haitians who voluntarily migrate to the
                                                         Dominican Republic, The Bahamas, the United
                                                         States, and other Caribbean nations, subsequently
                                                         face conditions of forced labour on sugar-cane plan-
                                                         tations, and in agriculture and construction.
The majority of trafficking cases are found among the estimated 90,000 to 300,000 restaveks in Haiti, and
the 3,000 additional restaveks (child domestic servants) who are trafficked to the Dominican Republic.
Poor, mostly rural families send their children to cities to live with relatively wealthier “host” families, whom
they expect to provide the children with food, shelter, and an education in exchange for domestic work.
While some restaveks are cared for and sent to school, most of these children are subjected to involuntary
domestic servitude.
These restaveks, 65 percent of whom are girls between the ages of six and 14, work excessive hours, re-
ceive no schooling or payment and are often physically or sexually abused. Haitian, labour laws require em-
ployers to pay domestic workers over the age of 15, so many host families dismiss restaveks before they
reach that age. Dismissed and runaway restaveks make up a significant proportion of the large population of
street children, who frequently are forced to work in prostitution or street crime by violent criminal gangs.
Haitian officials recognize that human trafficking is a serious problem in the country, including the exploita-
tion of restavek children as domestic servants. As a policy matter, however, the national police child protec-
tion unit, the Brigade for the Protection of Minors (BPM), does not pursue restavek traffic king cases be-
cause there is no statutory penalty against the practice. Haitian law also does not specifically prohibit traf-
ficking in persons, which limits its ability to punish traffickers and protect victims. (SOURCE: Trafficking in
Persons Report 2009)
2010 EARTHQUAKE
The 2010 Haiti Earthquake was a catastrophic
magnitude 7.0 earthquake. Its epicentre was
near the town of Leogane, approximately 25
km west of Port-au Prince, Haiti’s capital. The
earthquake occurred at 16:53 local time on
Tuesday, 12 January 2010.
By 24th January, at least 52 aftershocks meas-
uring 4.5 or greater had been recorded. An
estimated three million people were effected
by the quake.
The Haitian government stated on 10 February 2010 that 230 000 people had been identified as
dead and an estimated 300 000 injured had been treated. They also estimated that 250 000 resi-
dences and 30 000 commercial buildings had collapsed or were severely damaged.
The earthquake caused major damage to Port-au– Prince, Jacmel and other settlements in the
region. Many notable landmark buildings were significantly damaged or destroyed, including the
presidential palace, the national assembly building, the port-au-prince cathedral and the main jail.
One of the key concerns that the global community had directly after the Haiti earthquake was the
number of unattended children, both orphans and those who had been separated from their fam-
ily members and yet to be reunited. These children are at a key risk of being trafficked because
they have no safe place to live and are sleeping on the streets with thousands of other desperate
people.
Expediting adoptions out of the country is not considered to be the best option at the current time.
The chaos in the country means that there is no way of verifying whether that child is actually an
orphan or has living relatives who are desperate to find them. There are a number of organisa-
tions caring for “orphans” in country and attempting to contact relatives and place these children
back into homes.
There are some key prayer points regarding these children.
•    Pray for organisations to find the vulnerable children and provide a safe refuge for them un-
     til their families are found or a permanent home is found.
•    Pray for the children that they will remain safe from traffickers.
•    Pray for the children that they will be quickly reunited with family members.
•    Pray for the UN forces and peacekeepers that they will remain vigilant in looking out for vul-
     nerable children and protecting them.
•    Pray for the ongoing rehabilitation and recovery of Haiti following the earthquake.

PARTNERING WITH Dr ROBI SONDEREGGER
In 2010 Dr Robi Sonderegger travelled to Haiti to look at the problems resulting from the earth-
quake and was appalled by the conditions of the endemic child slaves, or restaveks. He has com-
mitted to work with local churches on the ground to re-educate the community about the rights of
children and be an advocate for these domestic slaves.
As a Sisterhood we are praying for Dr Robi in these endeavours:
PRAY
•    For Dr Robi and his team to have wisdom in dealing with addressing these endemic cultural
     practices
•    For the local churches in Haiti to rise up and become advocates for these children and be
     an example for their communities
•    For there to be a renewing of the communities mindset as a result of the work of Dr Robi in
     Haiti.
HOW DOES THIS WORK?                                     WHAT DO I PRAY FOR?
Human Trafficking is the fastest growing                We are praying for all links in the trafficking
global crime and the world has no easy an-              chain—from the victims to the authorities in-
swers or solutions. We believe that as we               volved in prosecution.
step out in prayer this year things will begin to
shift in the heavenly realms and change will            AT SPECIFIC BORDERS:
begin to happen in very tangible ways.                  PRAY FOR INSIDE KNOWLEDGE
      For our struggle is not against flesh and         The Authorities to have inside knowledge and
      blood, but against the rulers, against the        be able to rescue potential victims before they
      authorities, against the powers of the dark       are trafficked—at airports/ports/train stations
      world and against the spiritual forces of evil    PRAY FOR FAMILIES TO INTERVENE
      in the heavenly realms. Eph 6:12                  For family members to stand up for the rights
We are asking people to commit to praying for           of children being sold into slavery.
a particular country or a particular key border         PRAY FOR NETWORKS TO BE BROKEN
crossing/transit point throughout 2010 and join         For mobile phones to break down, for connec-
with others to pray against trafficking in that         tions not to be made, for the public to see
area.                                                   something is wrong and call for help.
      The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of      PRAY AGAINST CORRUPTION
      a righteous man makes tremendous power            For corruption within the border authorities to
      available [dynamic in its working].               be ended and for righteous people to make a
      James 5:16 (AMP)                                  stand against this practice.
Prayer is not a last resort, the Bible says that
prayer can change nations and heal lands.               IN GENERAL:
Prayer is a weapon that we can use to wage              FOR THE VICTIMS
wars that look impossible in the natural.               Strength & Salvation
                                                        Ps. 138, Is. 40:29, Lk. 19:10
      If my people, who are called by my name,
                                                        Protection, Freedom & Justice
      will humble themselves and pray and seek
      my face and turn from their wicked ways,
                                                        Ps. 82:4, Ps. 103:6, Ps. 146:7
      then will I hear from heaven and will forgive     Hope & Healing
      their sin and will heal their land.               Ps. 40:1-2, Jer. 30:17, Jer. 31:17
      2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)                           FOR THE TRAFFICKERS
                                                        Conviction, Repentance & Salvation
We believe that if as a sisterhood we focus
                                                        Is. 55:7, Rom. 5:6-8, 2 Tim. 2:25
our prayer together we will see results that we
                                                        Criminal Networks To Dismantle
can only dream of!
      19
                                                        Ps. 7:9, Ps. 37:17, Ps. 37:20
       "Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth   The Oppressors To Be Arrested & Prose-
      agree about anything you ask for, it will be
                                                        cuted
      done for you by my Father in heaven.
      Matthew 18:19 (NIV)
                                                        Is. 16:4, Jer. 22:3, Amos 5:15a
                                                        FOR THE CHURCH
                                                        The Church To Prevail
                                                        Is. 60:1-2, Mt. 5:13-14, Mt. 16:18
                                                        Advocates & Labourers To Emerge
MORE INFORMATION                                        Ps. 94:16, Prov. 31:8, Mt. 9:37-38
                                                        Unity Against Injustice
If you would like more information about your           Ps. 133, Jn. 17:23, Rom. 15:5
country or border there are many resources
available on the internet.
                                                        CONTACT DETAILS
We will also be updating the Colour Sister-             w.    www.thecoloursisterhood.com
hood website with any information that is rele-         a:    c/o Hillsong Church PO BOX 1195 Castle
vant to your country as frequently as possible.         Hill NSW 1765, Australia
www.thecoloursisterhood.com                             e:    coloursisterhood@hillsong.com
                                                        p:    +61 2 8853 5353
                                                        f:    +61 2 9899 4591

				
DOCUMENT INFO
Shared By:
Categories:
Stats:
views:13
posted:5/4/2010
language:English
pages:3
Description: PRAYER MAP—HAITI