Enoch and I decided to send our boys back to the USA after the recent earthquake here in Haiti. They were scared, we were scared and we all thought it would be better for them to stay with family in the USA for awhile. On Jan 22nd we traveled in the US embassy in Port-au-Prince. We we hoping that Enoch might be able to get a visa to travel with me to the USA to visit the kids. Enoch and I have been married for 10 years. I have lived in Haiti for 15 years. Enoch has tried twice to be approved for a visitors visa. He has three children that are US citizens. He has been denied twice. So when we got to the US embassy we tried to talk to someone their to see if they could help us. There were many US troops guarding the outside of the embassy. A few actually answer you when you spoke to them. Most just screamed at everyone and told them to move and get away and stop standing. I got the attention of a federal agent and explained my case. He assured me that Enoch would be able to leave with me. They let me inside because I was pregnant and said they would help us.
A woman in charge came out and talked with us and was very helpful and nice. We were placed in with a group of people that had waited since the day before to be seen. All had been promised the day before that they could apply for a visa. When we arrived inside they said they the visa department was closed and we could only apply for humanitarian parole. I was not sure what this was. We sat inside the embassy and the US troops came and gave us water and food. We got up to the window and talked to a very nice woman. She normally worked in Mexico and the American embassy there. She spent time with us and answered all our questions. She told me there was no reason that Enoch would not be approved. We just had to wait three days to be approved by the state department. They asked me to go to the airport right away and said Enoch would be able to leave in three days. I decided against this and wanted to wait and see what happened with his case.
We returned on Jan 25th (three days later). The embassy took those with the cards they had given us inside the front yard. They lined us up we each had to go through a line. When we got to the front a man took Enoch’s passport and said they were requesting the passport so that they could put the visa inside. I tried to tell him that we did not apply for a visa but he said they needed Enoch’s passport anyway. We left that day and they told us to return on the 1st of Feb. We returned bright and early that morning. The troops were the only ones outside. They were yelling and pushing and cussing at everyone. I showed my US passport and they laughed at me and said what do you want us to do. I said can you please answer a question for us. They told us no. After talking to about 5 different US troops and walking back and forth I finally got one to tell me that the State department had not made a decision and we needed to again return on Feb 5th. On Feb 5th, we again left before daylight and traveled for over 1 hour to get the US embassy. When we arrived there were lots of very mad people. Everyone was yelling at everyone else. We tried to make our way up to the US embassy only to be yelled at by the US troops to get back! Don’t stand there! Move! I made my way through the crowd and finally got around to the front of the embassy.
There were about 6 US troops members there. I went up and asked one a questions. He said to move the F–k back and to not talk to him. I moved on to the next troop and he said he did not care if I was a US citizen to move back! We went down to the other end of the embassy and tried to talk to someone there. I told them that I was pregnant and just wanted to talk to someone. He laughed at me and said you see that line over there. Everyone of them people are pregnant-even the little kids and men and laughed. I said can you please just answer a question for me please. He said move the F–k back lady. I said please and he pushed me with his gun and said you move or I will move you. Enoch said you cannot treat a US citizen like that. He said watch me. I turned away and he then pushed Enoch into the street where traffic was. He then said he hated all the Haitian that were there and did not want to talk to any white US missionaries. He then said a string of cuss words. The Haitians standing around were mad at him for treating us like this. They started yelling at him and told him that they would not treat their own like he was treating the US citizens there that day and he should want to help the US citizens. They said you treat your own people like animals. He laughed and again said a string of foul words.
I was so shocked I just walked away. So very shocked. There was a line of about 2000 people. Not a joke. many had US passports, all were being treated just like I was. The troops were nasty and laughing at everyone. They were making so many mad and making the whole situation worse. It was sad, and not right. Many waiting in line were children, small babies, and other pregnant women. We left there Friday, confused and defeated. Enoch returned today. He got in line at 1am. They took people in today 10 at a time. They told them no US citizens spouses or children were arroved for humanitarian parole. When he finally got to the front of the table they looked in a box and told him his passport was lost. They handed him two printed out papers that they were handing everyone. He said what do I need to do to get my passport back and they said they did not know. He asked when he needed to return to pick it up and they said they did not know.
I have no faith in anyone here. I have no faith in anyone to help us. I have been down this road before when we worked on Carmelo’s adoption. Broken promises, lies and hurt. We have contacted two Senators in Indiana. One office was contacted last Monday (Feb 1st) they wrote on (Feb 3rd) they asked Enoch’s name and passport number. I wrote them two more times with no answer. We are defeated, we are hurt, we are tired. Anyone that thinks it is not “God’s will” after 10 years of married and three kids that Enoch does not get a chance to have a break with me is total an insane person.
Have I given up on God. NO! Are you kidding me. There is just something about being on the front lines so to speak. You get used to these things, you just go on, you just live. We do not know where to go from here. I would like to try and apply for an immigrant visa for Enoch. Some say I can while living here in Haiti due to working for an NGO. Some say I cannot and have to go live in the US until the process is complete. We do not want to live in the US. We just want Enoch to be able to travel with his family. So simple but so impossible at times.
Tomorrow we go to the OB/GYN doctor. We are hoping for a relaxing day away. The road to the doctors office is blocked off. They are trying to remove debris from the road where his office is at. So we will park and walk there. We talked to him and he is still up and running. Pray for us.
Proverbs 21:30-31 (The Message)
30 Nothing clever, nothing conceived, nothing contrived,
can get the better of God.
31 Do your best, prepare for the worst—
then trust God to bring victory.