DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – A sweetheart deal on petroleum between Venezuela and Haiti ended last July, which led to a 50-percent increase in the price of fuel. In response, Haitians took to the streets, burning tires and blocking roads.
In the following months, more than 70 protesters died in the riots. Amid all this strife is a rising tide of gang violence turning some parts of Haiti into No-Go zones, even for the police.
A group of Christian missionaries traveled to Haiti in April with computers and supplies for a community center they’re helping to build.
Shortly after leaving the airport in Port-au-Prince, things went terribly wrong.