Missionaries in Haiti during riots return to Lowell

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LOWELL, Mich. (WOOD) — A missionary group from Lowell that was stuck in Haiti as riots ensued is back home.

An aircraft carrying 20 people from Impact Church landed in Miami, where the missionaries took a flight to Chicago Tuesday night. They have since made it home to Lowell safely, a church member says.

The group was working to provide filtered water for a village in Haiti when the country’s president announced he was planning to raise fuel prices substantially. The higher cost would mean many people couldn’t afford to travel to work or anywhere else by car.

Protests began Friday with fires, followed by looting and people blocking roads with whatever they had.

Roads were also blocked around the resort in Carries where the Lowell missionaries were staying. The group was ready to head home Sunday, but hunkered down in its secure hotel after the airport about an hour away closed.

A mission partner from Starfysh, which is a Grand Rapids-based nonprofit for Haiti aid, cautioned the people of Haiti aren’t inherently violent and were just reacting to a “crazy circumstance.”

Protests have since calmed and the Haitian president decided not to raise fuel prices.

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