Yesterday we visited the border in Del Rio Texas where thousands of Haitian migrants had gathered over the days prior. This massive migration is a direct result of the desperation and the need to flee their country to seek opportunities in the United States due to the political instability and economic depression they have faced for decades living in Haiti. It is said that the massive migration was prompted by President Biden’s more lenient immigration policies, but no one really thought that it would open up the flood gates to one of the most lengthiest, dangerous migrations in history.
The journey from Haiti would include a stop in South America before reaching the US border. This meant crossing the Darien Gap which is a roadless, 66-mile-long trek of swamp and jungle that links Colombia and Panama and is listed as one of the most uninhabitable places on Earth. The area is plagued with deadly creatures such as venomous scorpions, snakes, and spiders, but there are also smugglers and drug traffickers who prey on those passing through in some of the most gruesome ways. As if that is not enough to bare, the intense heat and humidity, torrential downpours, and lack of clean, drinking water, makes it impossible for many to survive.
The US government was unprepared for the surge of refugees that showed up at the Texas border so many lacked much needed food and essentials. Giving Hearts with Love Foundation teamed up with organizations including Until Freedom, Relief Gang, Atlanta 4 Haiti, Haitian Bridge Alliance and several activists including Tamika Mallory, Yandy Smith, and Jessie Woo, filled a truck full of donations and drove it to the Texan border to distribute to the refugees.
If you know of any Haitian refugee in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area who is in need of assistance, please have them contact us.