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Consequences of US Funding Withdrawal from Haiti’s Elections

The United States has decided to pull $2 million in funding from Haiti’s elections as a statement of disapproval for re-running the presidential elections in October. After finding that the first round of presidential elections were marred by massive fraud, a commission decided to throw the old results out and hold an entirely new presidential election. European Union observers withdrew to express their disapproval and U.S. State Department officials have said they do not understand the decision to start over. While some feel that the U.S. withdrawal from the elections will be a positive step for Haiti’s sovereignty, some worry that lack of U.S. approval will de-legitimize the elections and provide detractors in Parliament a reason to continue blocking the process. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. US Withdraws Funding for Haiti Elections Haiti Relief […]

Haiti’s Major Foreign Donor Concern About Presidential Rerun

After Haiti’s special vote commission’s recommendation to completely restart the 2015 presidential elections from scratch was accepted, the United Nations, in conjunction with ambassadors of the largest donors to Haiti’s election cycle, voiced their concern and subsequent likely financial consequences of the decidedly failed presidential run. Set to put the next president in office in February of 2017, the next elections will be held to hopefully elect the next Haitian national leader without the 2015 elections’ ‘zombie votes,’ forged fingerprints, and fake ID cards. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for full article. Haiti gets reluctant go ahead to rerun presidential vote Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald June 6, 2016  Haiti’s major foreign donors reluctantly gave the green light Monday to the country’s elections body to rerun last year’s contested presidential elections in October but they remain “deeply concerned” about the consequences […]

L’ONU préoccupé par la hausse choléra, mais toujours pas responsable

Dans cette interview, Pedro Medrano, coordinateur principal de l’ONU pour la réponse choléra en Haïti, se déclare préoccupé par l’augmentation du choléra en Haïti. Mais quand la journaliste lui pose une question sur la responsabilité de l’ONU pour l’épidémie, Medrano esquive la question. Peut etre l’ONU a tellement de difficulté à lever des fonds en raison de son manque de responsabilité pour l’épidémie?   Partie de l’article est ci dessous. Cliquez ICI pour le texte complet.   Choléra en Haïti: l’ONU alerte sur la détérioration de la situation Stefanie Schüler, RFI 18 mai 2015   Avec près de 740 000 malades et plus 8 800 morts depuis 2010, l’épidémie de choléra en Haïti est l’une des pires au monde. Depuis plusieurs mois, le nombre de nouvelles infections est en forte hausse. La raison : beaucoup d’ONG ont quitté le pays, […]

Cholera on the Rise but Resources Still Lacking in Haiti

The UN coordinator for Haiti’s cholera outbreak has said that years of work to fight the epidemic may be jeopardized by lack of donor interest in the epidemic even as the number of cases is rising. While last year saw the lowest number of new cases since the outbreak began, the numbers this year are rapidly increasing. THe UN is still struggling to raise funds for this epidemic which it caused but still will not accept responsibility for. UN struggles to stem new rise in Haiti cholera cases AFP, Yahoo News May 7, 2015 United Nations (United States) (AFP) – A deadly cholera epidemic in Haiti that experts say was introduced by UN peacekeepers from Nepal is on the rise, with hundreds of new cases registered weekly, a UN official said Thursday. Pedro Medrano, the UN coordinator for Haiti’s cholera […]

Ensure Nepal’s Reconstruction Isn’t Like Haiti’s: Work with Locals

Almost a week after Nepal’s devastating earthquake, people worldwide are looking to see how relief and reconstruction will be handled. Those who remember Haiti’s earthquake 5 years earlier, and the continued failure to rebuild Haiti, are hoping the international community will do a better job in Nepal. This article suggests five ways to make sure Nepal’s post-quake response doesn’t end up like Haiti’s. How not to rebuild Nepal Lessons from Haiti five years after its earthquake Nixon Boumba, The Washington Post April 30, 2015 Last Saturday, I watched with the rest of the world as images emerged in the wake of Nepal’s violent earthquake: the dusty faces of survivors, bloodied bodies, the ruined historic buildings. It reminded me of the devastation I witnessed after the earthquake in my homeland, Haiti, five years ago — and it made me worry about what […]

To Eradicate Cholera, UN Must Focus on Justice

The UN’s cholera plan, which has been relaunched in several iterations since 2010, continues to struggle for funding. The current plan is only 12.9% funded, with only 1% of those funds being pledged by the UN. The UN would probably be more successful at raising these crucial funds if it took responsibility for causing the epidemic, and focused on justice instead of charity. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. UN Cholera Plan for Haiti Must Choose Justice Over Charity Ted Oswald & Katharine Oswald, HuffPost Impact February 26, 2015 In a recent article, Pedro Medrano Rojas, the UN Senior Coordinator for Cholera Response in Haiti, called on the international community to change course on its “historic lack of attention to water and sanitation” in Haiti by increasing support for water and sanitation infrastructure to combat the […]

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