A water shortage sent residents scrambling to Rue Vivy Mitchell in Port-au-Prince Sept. 18 as word spread of it being one of a few locations providing water. As protests continue, basic services such as access to potable water are interrupted. Photo by Marvens Compere

The United States must stop supporting Haiti’s interim Prime Minister Ariel Henry “so that a Haitian solution to the crisis can emerge,” a group of nearly 140 advocacy and faith organizations in the U.S. and Haiti said in a letter to the U.S. Department of State. The missive sent to the Biden Administration, and ensuing calls over the weekend, came as Haiti has plunged into looting and rioting after Henry said he’d raise fuel prices.

“We have watched in horror as the situation in Haiti has deteriorated to a ‘new normal’ characterized by constant fear of kidnapping and violence, a near total lack of accountability, and a growing humanitarian crisis on every front,” the letter states.

“Haitians have been asking the Biden Administration to stop supporting de facto PM Henry’s rule and PHTK more generally,” the letter states. “Haitians note that the US government insists that de facto PM Henry’s government must be part of any solution. That gives the regime a veto in any negotiations and creates a disincentive for it to negotiate in good faith. De facto PM Henry can simply refuse to meaningfully compromise, as he has done repeatedly, knowing that the US will continue to support him regardless.”

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Ashley Miznazi is a Report for America corps member covering the Haitian community in the South Florida/Miami area for The Haitian Times. Her work will heavily feature photography, video and other multimedia storytelling. Previously, Ashley was a multimedia fellow at The Texas Tribune, where she reported on DACA, Afghan resettlement and the foster care system.