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Survival, Perseverance and Hope: the Five-Year-Old Who Survived the Earthquake

Monley Elysee was thrust into the world spotlight after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The five-year-old boy survived, alone, for eight days amidst the rubble and destruction of the earthquake that killed 10 of his family members. With support from Worldwide Orphans, Monley has since been able to attend school and dreams of becoming a doctor. The earthquake, the cholera epidemic and Hurricane Matthew have orphaned many children in Haiti, and, according to UNICEF, 25% of children live separately from their parents. However, Monley’s story shows that hope and progress is possible, and recovery continues every day in Haiti. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. He survived eight days in the Haitian rubble. But what happened to Monley? CNN February 23, 2017 Haiti’s colossal earthquake of 2010 leveled entire neighborhoods, and the capital Port au Prince was a […]

President Moise sworn in as Haiti’s 58th president

President Jovenel Moise was sworn in to office, filling a void left by a delayed electoral process. In his inaugural address, Moise reaffirmed his commitment to economic development and supporting the diaspora community. However, Moise’s ascension to power is accompanied by many inherited long-term challenges facing the country, including the devastating impacts of the recent Hurricane Matthew and the 2010 earthquake, poverty, and decelerating economic growth. The article is shown below in its entirety. Click HERE for the original article. Haiti’s new President sworn in after yearlong political stalemate Dalila-Johari Paul, CNN February 8, 2017 It took almost a year, but Haiti’s new President has finally been sworn in. Jovenel Moise inherits a government still reeling from an electoral crisis that had left the presidency vacant since early 2016 — but during Tuesday’s inauguration he vowed to uplift a nation devastated by earthquakes, poverty and […]

A Long-Awaited UN Apology to Haiti for Cholera

In a speech last Thursday, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon issued a long-overdue apology to the Haitian people for the cholera epidemic that has plagued the country following the 2010 earthquake.  While the apology is a success, it stops short of acknowledging that UN peacekeepers started the epidemic, and much is yet to be done in regards to eradicating the disease. UN apologizes for Haiti cholera spread in plan to eradicate disease Emanuella Grinberg and Richard Roth, CNN December 2, 2016 (CNN) The United Nations did not do enough to prevent the spread of cholera epidemic in Haiti that killed at least 10,000 people after the 2010 earthquake, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday, in what critics saw as an overdue apology. The UN has long denied claims that Nepalese peacekeepers brought cholera to the island nine months after the devastating earthquake, the first known […]

Reuters reporting ‘worst yet to come’ as information progresses

According to UNICEF, Haiti is facing its biggest humanitarian crisis since the 2010 earthquake. As information has began to flow from isolated regions of Haiti, Reuters is reporting that as of Friday morning, at least 478 people have been killed due to Hurricane Matthew. Numbers are expected to climb as more information becomes available. Haiti: Hurricane Matthew leaves hundreds dead, ‘worst yet to come’ Madison Park, Angela Dewan, Elizabeth Roberts, CNN October 7, 2016   (CNN) – Haiti had only just begun rebuilding from a devastating earthquake six years ago when Hurricane Matthew tore through the small Caribbean nation on Tuesday, killing hundreds in its path and inundating entire villages. Once again much of the country is a disaster zone, with powerful Matthew shredding homes and engulfing communities in knee-deep water that is taking time to recede. At least 271 people have been […]

Stories of Dominicans and Haitians Affected by DR’s Discriminatory Citizenship Policies

Haiti and the Dominican Republic have had a tense relationship since colonial times but that tension began to boil over in 2010 and 2013 when discriminatory policies led to tens of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent becoming stateless. From a woman who quickly regained her citizenship to a man who can’t wait to get back to Haiti but can’t afford it, this article tells the stories of Haitians, Dominicans, and those who are now legally neither. Throughout, racism and discrimination and even imperialism play clear roles but remain un-addressed. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Faces of a divided island How centuries of racism and fear shaped the people of two nations — and echo through a modern-day crisis Mariano Castillo, CNN April 13, 2016 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (CNN) — The anti-immigrant rhetoric on the radio, in […]

Presidential Candidate O’Malley Stands for Cholera Justice

Democratic Presidential nominee Martin O’Malley has spoken out about UN accountability in Haiti’s ongoing cholera epidemic. In the op-ed below, O’Malley describes both the origin of the epidemic and the response since then, including a letter from 154 Haitian-American organizations and leaders demanding justice. O’Malley emphasizes both how the lack of UN response discredits the organization and that it is in the United States’ interests to demand accountability for the epidemic. U.N. should take responsibility for Haiti’s deadly cholera epidemic Martin O’Malley, CNN August 17, 2015 There is a humanitarian crisis happening in our own hemisphere, but it’s not likely you’ve heard of it. Thousands have died, threatening the economic and social stability of an entire country. And most tragic of all, it was inadvertently caused by a critically important international organization, which has not yet taken full responsibility for its […]

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