VIDEO: Legal aid as ministry
Rene Amizial was selling cooking charcoal on the roadside in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in mid-2015 when he was wrongfully accused of stealing 19 sacks of charcoal from a friend and competing business owner.
The business owner went to the police and accused Amizial, who was arrested and placed in prison to await trial.
Amizial knew he was innocent but resigned himself to his fate. “If it’s God’s will, let it be, but I know I haven’t done anything wrong,” he said.
Video by Elizabeth Derstine, illustrations by Annalee Giesbrecht, story by Rachel Bergen