The week after Hurricane Matthew ravaged Haiti, Senators Ed Markey and Linda Dorcena Forry held a forum at the Massachusetts State House called “Eyes on Haiti.” In it, they discussed the response to Matthew, what Senator Markey had seen in his visit to Haiti after the hurricane, aid accountability, and justice for cholera. Senator Markey stated that he believes we are getting closer to justice for cholera, especially with the opportunity of Ban Ki-moon’s term ending soon, but the United Nations probably needs continued pressure to make it “do the right thing.” IJDH Executive Director Brian Concannon discussed how the lack of accountability caused Hurricane Matthew to devastate Haiti much more than surrounding countries that were hit. The next forum is planned for the first week of December.
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Dorcena Forry hosts first ‘Eyes on Haiti’ conversation; focus on cholera, storm aid
Maddie Kilgannon, Dorchester Reporter
October 20, 2016
Saying “it is time we responsibly manage our investments in Haiti and make sure we work collaboratively towards greater accountability in dealing with relief efforts for a sustainable Haiti,” state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry hosted the first program in her conversation series titled “Eyes on Haiti” last Friday afternoon at the Massachusetts State House.
The discussion centered on the causes and effects of the widespread epidemic of cholera across Haiti and the status of relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Matthew’s passage of destruction across the island earlier this month.
Massachusetts is home to the third largest population of Haitian Americans in the United States and several score community members were on hand for the conversation.
“We have Haitians who are in every field, and we need to pull together as a community and mobilize in one direction to make sure we get our voices heard by Senator Markey and our partners in Congress,” said Forry.
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