주일학교에서 추진중인 하이티 선교여행 관련하여, 미국 정부에서 웹사이트에 공지한 여행 안전에 대한 경고 사항을 파일에 첨부하였습니다. 하이티가 여행지로서는 상당이 불안정하다는 내용이며, 부득히 여행시 안전에 특별히 주의해야 한다는 경고 내용입니다.
참고로 본 내용은 4월 14일 오후 1시에 열린 하이티 선교 여행 소개 중에 (Father Aaron Smith 주재) 학부모님들께 충분이 주지하였습니다.
Last Updated: Apr 12, 2013
THREATS TO SAFETY AND SECURITY:
The Department of State strongly urges U.S. citizens to consider carefully all travel to Haiti. Travel fully supported by organizations with solid infrastructure, evacuation options, and medical support systems in place is recommended and preferable to travel in country without such support structures in place.
Those wishing to assist in Haiti relief efforts should be aware that despite their good intentions, travel to Haiti will increase the burden on a system already struggling to support those in need on the ground. If you intend to work for an organization involved in relief efforts in Haiti, be aware that living conditions are difficult and the availability of food supplies, clean drinking water and adequate shelter is limited. If you are seeking work with a relief organization you should confirm before traveling to Haiti that the organization has the capability to provide food, water, transportation, and shelter for its paid and volunteer workers. All relief organizations should have a security plan in place for their personnel. Please note that space in
hotels is extremely limited.
If you travel to or reside in Haiti despite this warning we remind you that there remains a persistent danger of violent crime, including armed robbery, homicide, rape, and kidnapping. While the capacity and capabilities of the Haitian National Police have improved since 2006, the presence of UN stabilization force (MINUSTAH) peacekeeping troops and UN-formed police units remain critical to maintaining an adequate level of security throughout the country. The limited capability of local law enforcement to resolve crime further compounds the security threat to U.S. citizens. In particular, there have been cases in which travelers arriving in Port-au-Prince on flights from the United States
were attacked and robbed while traveling in cars away from the airport. Several U.S. citizens were shot and killed in such incidents in 2010and 2011. Police authorities believe criminals may be targeting travelers arriving on flights from the United States, following them, and attacking once they are out of the area. Use extra caution in arranging transportation from the airport. Most kidnappings are criminal in nature, and kidnappers make no distinctions of nationality, race, gender, or age. Some kidnap victims have been
killed, shot, sexually assaulted, or physically abused.
While MINUSTAH remains fully deployed and is assisting the Government of Haiti in providing security, travel within Port-au-Prince can be hazardous. U.S. embassy personnel are under an embassy-imposed curfew and must remain in their homes or in U.S. government facilities during the curfew. Some areas are off-limits to Embassy staff after dark, including downtown Port-au-Prince, Cite Soleil, Martissant, Carrefour, Croix Des Bouquets, and other areas. The embassy restricts travel by its staff to some areas outside of Port-au-Prince because of the prevailing road, weather, or security conditions. Embassy personnel are not authorized to travel outside Port-au-Prince after dark. This may constrain the embassy’s ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens outside Port-au-Prince. Demonstrations and violence, which are common occurrences in Haiti, may occasionally limit embassy operations to emergency services, even within Port-au-Prince.
We recommend that you avoid all large gatherings, as crowd behavior can be unpredictable. Visitors encountering roadblocks, demonstrations, or large crowds should remain calm and depart the area quickly and avoid confrontation. Assistance from Haitian authorities is often unavailable. Be particularly cautious on days when there are political activities planned in Haiti. Take common-sense precautions and avoid any event where crowds may congregate.
Please visit the White House’s website on Haiti earthquake relief for more
information on how to assist.