Georgia missionaries are left stranded in Haiti as citizens protest

By: Associated Press

Amanda Cooper
July 09, 2018 - 5:36 pm

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 (AP) —Church groups and volunteers from several U.S. states are stranded in Haiti after violent protests over fuel prices have led to canceled flights. Volunteers from churches in South Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Alabama are among those who can't leave, according to newspaper and television reports.

Chapin United Methodist Church in South Carolina posted online that its mission team is safe but stranded. Marcy Kenny is assimilation minister for the church and told The State newspaper that the group is hoping the unrest will abate enough for them to safely make it to the airport. A North Carolina doctor and his son were part of another medical mission group that's unable to leave.

Journalist have reported that looters are pillaging burned and vandalized shops in Haiti's capital following two days of violent protests over the government's attempt to raise fuel prices.

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Young men have been seen stripping shelves bare in some supermarkets that are charred from the protests. Several bodies lay among the debris scattered in the streets.

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The U.S. Embassy in the country is urging Americans to stay put and not try to reach the airport unless they know their flight is leaving.