NEW YORK:____ Council Member Mathieu Eugene issued the following statement in solidarity and support for Haiti in the aftermath of the magnitude 7.2 earthquake on Saturday:
“This morning, Haiti, my native country, was struck by a devastating magnitude 7.2 earthquake in the southern section, causing significant damage to areas including Les Cayes, Jacmel, and Jeremie. Let us pray for the people of Haiti and all those affected by this horrible natural disaster. Haiti has been coping with multiple crises for many years that have tested the strength and will of our people, and this tragic event only adds to the challenges the country faces.
I remain thankful to all of the friends of Haiti who have provided much needed assistance to my country on numerous occasions. The continuous support and goodwill towards the Haitian community has always meant a great deal to me, and it makes a tremendous difference in our collective ability to get through these terrible circumstances.
As a native of Haiti, and a dedicated public servant in the United States, my heart goes out to my Haitian brothers and sisters living in Haiti, and those in the diaspora whose family members are affected by this tragedy. I pray for their safety, security, and well-being.
Haiti has been through several tragedies, we have always been resilient in the face of adversity, and we should use our solidarity and compassion to work together to overcome this horrible situation. In the aftermath of this earthquake, we should be committed to recovery efforts, embrace the value of hope, the blessing of God, and work together for a more prosperous and sustainable future.”