Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Update from Fr. Jean-Juste

Greetings My Dear Sisters and Brothers:
I am very happy that the people of Haiti
overcame all the many obstacles and elected a new
government.� That was my prayer.� The two years of
illegal de facto government and their supporters have
been rejected.� Now it is time for the international
community, especially the US, France and Canada, to
respect us and never again interfere with our
democracy. There should be no more coup d’�tats. Give
Haiti a chance to be stable and be developed so it can
meet basic needs to the people.
It is time for the release of all political
prisoners.� Though I will be in the hospital I will
never stop working and praying for the release of all
the other political prisoners in Haiti and around the
world.�� To my friends I say, with your help I passed
through a little crack in the freedom door, but we
have to have it wide open for the other political
prisoners! This is a new day for solidarity. This is a
new day for justice.� I would like that we put
pressure on and allow them to be free. The sooner the
For me, this week is a decisive one. I now face
the chemo treatment. I am hospitalized Monday. I rely
on the prayers of every friend.
The Doctor saw me Wednesday and thought I am in
good shape for the treatment. They say I have chronic
lymphocytic leukemia. The doctor asked me to choose
between the week of the 6th or the week of 13th of
March to start my treatment. I chose the one that will
bring me faster to Haiti.
I have been in and out of the hospital.� Doctors
worked on my pneumonia and did surgery on my neck.
The weeks of tests and in and out of the hospital flow
by quickly.� I welcome people whenever I can. My
friends keep me busy with visits, writing, caring for
St. Clare’s, calling and meeting the media and
different communities
From the prison world to the hospital one, it’s
quite a difference. I’ll go through all these stages
of life if pleasing to God. As it is part of my
mission, may God’s will be done. I rely on His
strength to carry on and on the support and prayers of
His family.
Saint Clare’s is functioning well. Services as
usual. I send them an e-mail every week for the Sunday
masses. The food program is progressing five days a
week thanks to the What If Foundation.� The children
are doing marvelously. Each group carries its duties.
A burnt child and her mother are with me in Miami. She
will have a surgery in Boston next August. They were
in Boston but it was too cold for them.
The carnival time went out smoothly in Haiti. The
stories about how Katrina hit Louisiana touch me so
deeply. It was a monstrous disaster. I keep my fingers
crossed for the people in N.O. Take courage!
Thanks again to all the sisters and brothers
everywhere across the world who prayed and worked to
free me from jail.� Never forget all who are still
there, in Haiti and in countries across the world.
Pray, my sisters and brothers! Peace and love to
you all!


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