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After Death of a Loved One, Haitians Must Choose: Lifetime of Debt or a Funeral?

Imagine coping with the death of a loved one, and being told that you must pay more money than your annual income to ‘properly’ bury the deceased. This is the reality for many impoverished Haitians when they are at their most vulnerable and grief-stricken; they are charged exorbitant fees solely for the profit of those in the burial business, who exploit the family members’ unawareness of cheaper options and their desires to pay respect to the deceased. 2/3 of Haitians live on less than $2 per day, and funeral fees will put them into debt for years to come. This issue continues to be of critical importance as the death toll from cholera, food shortages and natural disasters continues to rise daily. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. Grieving Haitians go into lifetime of debt to fund funerals David McFadden, Associated Press April […]

Suffering Continues Months after Hurricane Matthew as Death Toll Rises

Months after Hurricane Matthew, the levels of desperation and suffering are approaching a humanitarian crisis in Haiti. The storm left over 800,000 hungry, and many regions are still recovering in the aftermath of the storm. Severe food insecurity and the recent end of emergency response programs have impeded many Haitians’ access to basic needs, and major sources of income for some farmers, such as fruit and cacao trees, will be unable to produce this year as a result of the storm. The death toll due to starvation is rising, and many Haitians lack access to safe shelter, clean water and food. Aid workers warn that the situation could deteriorate rapidly, and more will continue to lose their lives if the food shortage is not addressed. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. Desperate Haitians living in caves, eating toxic plants in […]

Food Insecurity Plagues Haiti in Hurricane Matthew Aftermath

In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, over 800,000 Haitians were left without food, and approximately 280,000 are still highly food insecure. The storm destroyed agriculture, livestock and homes; many Haitians lost their entire livelihoods to the massive storm. Its effects will also continue to plague the country in years to come; 2/3 of jobs in Haiti are based in agriculture, and the country is dependent upon subsistence farming to generate food for its citizens. However, droughts leading up to the hurricane caused food production to already fall behind necessary levels, and Haiti is ranked the 7th most vulnerable country to climate change. Significant policy changes must address Haiti’s chronic food insecurity and vulnerability to natural disasters in order to alleviate the food shortages facing the country. Part of the report is shown below. Click HERE for the original report. Special Report: Failed policies in Haiti fuel a […]

Hurricane Matthew Cost Haiti 32% of GDP, $2.7 Billion

A new report highlights the devastating effects of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, and the critical need for support to improve disaster risk management in the country. As a direct result of the hurricane, Haiti lost $2.7 billion dollars, a crippling 32% of its GDP. The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction now urges support for a 3-year recovery plan that would total $2.72 billion. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. UN calls for support to recovery plan as Haiti loses $2.7 billion in Hurricane Matthew United Nations News Centre March 6, 2017 The United Nations office dedicated to disaster risk reduction today called for urgent support to improve disaster risk management in Haiti, following a damage assessment that shows the country lost $2.7 billion, or 32 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), as a […]

Update on Hurricane Matthew Aftermath

Five months ago, a category-4 hurricane struck Haiti and created a devastating humanitarian emergency, affecting 2.1 million in the country. Emergency response has provided over 1 million people with food assistance, although there remain many critical needs that must still be addressed. Now, emergency response is coming to an end and shifting its focus to promote recovery in all sectors. Part of the report is shown below. Click HERE for the original report. Hurricane Matthew – Situation Report No. 35 (04 March 2017) ReliefWeb March 4, 2017 Situation Overview: Category-4 Hurricane Matthew violently struck southwestern Haiti on 4 October 2016 bringing heavy rainfall in the south, southeast and the north-west, and creating the largest humanitarian emergency in the country since the 2010 earthquake. It caused considerable damage to housing and agricultural sectors. The Directorate of Civil Protection of Haiti (DPC) reported that over five hundred people lost their lives […]

Inflation rises from November to December 2016

Inflation in Haiti has been on the rise, indicating a 1.2% increase from November to December 2016. The increases are evident across various indices, including “Food, Beverages and Tobacco” and “Health.” The inflation results in Haitians continuing to pay higher prices for major food items and medicines, among other necessities. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the full article. Haiti – Economy : Inflation to 14.3% (December 2016) HaitiLibre February 1, 2017 For the month of December 2016, the General Index of Consumer Prices (base 100 in August 2004) amounted to 288.9 against 285.5 in November 2016 and recorded a monthly change in monthly inflation of + 1.2 % And 14.3% year-on-year. … Click HERE for the original article.

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