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Letter From Congress Pushes UN to Take Action

A bipartisan letter from 158 members of Congress asking the US State Department to demand UN accountability and remedy for the cholera epidemic has been sent to Secretary of State John Kerry. It was circulated by Representatives Mia Love and John Conyers and is intended to change the status quo of the UN’s disposition in Haiti regarding the outbreak. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. U.S. Lawmakers Call for UN Accountability in Haiti Cholera Case Zenitha Prince, Afro July 2, 2016 Two Black lawmakers are leading a bipartisan push for the U.S. State Department to “immediately and unreservedly exercise its leadership” to ensure the United Nations takes responsibility for a devastating cholera epidemic caused by the improper disposal of sewage by UN peacekeepers. According to the letter addressed to Secretary of State John Kerry and signed by 158 members of […]

President Obama Signs Debt Relief Bill for Haiti

AFRO Staff President Obama on April 26 signed into law a bill calling for the United States to take the lead in forgiving debt owed to international lenders by earthquake-ravaged Haiti. The bill urges major multinational institutions to cancel all debt owed to them by Haiti and recommends that all aid to the country for the next five years be provided in the form of grants rather than loans. “The President’s signature on this bill is further indication of the United States’ support for the people of Haiti,” Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who sponsored the House version of the bill, said in a statement. “I authored this legislation because Haiti’s immense debt burden would have severely impeded the country’s recovery efforts.” The bill was approved in the House on April 14 and passed the Senate earlier in April. Under the […]

After the Earthquake: Battling AIDS in Haiti

by Joseph Young WASHINGTON — When Haitian Esther Boucicault first discovered she had contracted the HIV/AIDS virus, she was emotionally devastated. But soon her feelings of self pity gave way to action and she began a journey to stop the spread of the deadly disease. “I had to put a face to it,” said Boucicault. Put a face to it she did. Boucicault was the first person to go on Haitian TV and discussed what it was like living with HIV/AIDS. This was a bold move, particularity considering that Haiti still stigmatizes people with this disease. “They were very shocked,” said Boucicault. “They did not think that someone who had HIV/AIDS would announce this.” That was 16 years ago. Now, Boucicault is an HIV/AIDS activist who was among a Haitian delegation that descended on Capitol Hill Tuesday. The group lobbied […]

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