Haiti trip cancelled for teen due to political unrest in country

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A local teenager who was supposed to leave for Haiti in late January, to see the school she helped build with fundraising and connect with the people she’s helped along the way, had to stay here in Canada due to an unstable political situation in the country.

Taylor DeVos, and her mother Cora, were scheduled to fly out of Edmonton with Taylor’s rep from World Vision. But as they were meeting him, members of World Vision on the ground in Haiti advised them via e-mail that now isn’t the best time to go.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the election of Haiti’s new president has been delayed multiple times, and now President Michel Martelly is due to leave office on Feb. 7. Now, violent protests have become rampant, and elections have been stopped indefinitely — and it’s unclear if the country will have a leader after Martelly leaves.

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Cora told Energetic City that they may try to come to Haiti instead in the end of March, or beginning of April.

“After watching some of the videos on YouTube of what’s been happening, we’re really glad that we did (stay),” said Cora.

In the meantime, while Taylor is disappointed to not head to Haiti right now after waiting so long. But as she says, “It’s not never, it’s just not right now!”

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