Goose Creek man in route back home after being stranded in Haiti during mission trip

Goose Creek man in route back home after being stranded in Haiti during mission trip

GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - A local man is in route back home to Goose Creek after being stranded in Haiti.

Violent protests over the increase in gas prices are preventing people from traveling to the airport.

Fuel has increased between 38 and 51 percent in one of the world's poorest countries.

Sylvia Rebecca is waiting for her husband to get back safely from a mission trip in Haiti.

"He said that several people, his family, they were scared. They've never seen it that bad before," Rebecca said. "My husband has been there for the earthquake that took place several years ago, so he saw the craziness there and this is even more intense than at that time."

Rebecca and her husband Jean are the co-founders of Kanpe Haiti meaning stand up for Haiti.

It's a group that works to empower Haitian people.

Jean is from Haiti and has family that lives there as well.

Syliva says they haven't been able to talk everyday, which is typical because the cell phone service is weak.

"So it was scary. But I had my faith that he was okay," Rebecca said.

Troy McClain was on the same trip with Jean, but was able to leave Haiti just ahead of the demonstrations.

"It's bittersweet. More bitter than sweet," McClain said.

Jean is a trip leader so he arrives early and stays later.

At the time they didn't realize what was about to happen.

"There was one particular day we went to the gas station...there's a picture of what appears to be a security guard at the gas station while we're getting gas and he had a shotgun in his hand," McClain said. "That's definitely not normal."

Sylvia says protesters there are burning banks and government buildings and that people were told to stay in their homes.

"They had road blocks, they had tires that were on fire to make sure that the people didn't cross," Sylvia said. "They were bargaining, either giving them money or stifling the gas out their vehicles. So he said those were the people they were going after."

Sylvia says she is believing that he made it on the flight and that she will hear from him soon.

"From a family standpoint they were grateful that we escaped the brunt of the situation he was in, but I didn't want him to go through it alone," McClain said.

If you'd like to learn more about how the group is helping people in Haiti or if you'd like to donate. You can learn more at standforhaiti.org 

Friends of Jean have confirmed that he made it back to the United States.

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