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Hurricane Matthew: An Unnatural Disaster

In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Haiti has experienced vast amounts of devastation.  However, the disaster that has unfolded is not natural – it has been propagated by decades of marginalization of the Haitian people, and their constant struggle to rise above the economic, social, and political barriers that plague them. Part of the article is below.  Click HERE to read the full article. Chronicle of a disaster foretold Laura Wagner, Medium – Duke University October 24, 2016 On Monday, October 3, my friend Claudine St. Fleur’s father was supposed to send her provisions from Degerme, their home community in the mountains above Abricots, a town on the far southwest coast of Haiti, west of the larger town of Jérémie. He grows yams, plantains and breadfruit in the fertile red earth abutting their lakou, the traditional Haitian family homestead, and catches fish […]

Can a Change in UN Image Bring Back Trust?

The United Nations’ presence on the world stage is becoming increasingly negative in light of recent scandals, such as the cholera epidemic in Haiti.  There’s been an effort on the part of the UN to change their image, but there must be reform for the UN to fully accept responsibility and right their wrongs. Part of the article is below.  Click HERE for the full article. Can a UN image campaign create greater trust? Claudia Witte, Deutsche Welle October 24, 2016 Amid ongoing conflicts, catastrophe and an escalating refugee crisis, the United Nations’ reputation is faltering. Can an image campaign create more trust in the organization? At the Palais des Nations in Geneva, the second-largest seat of the United Nations after New York, a group of tourists follows the tour guide as she walks through the extensive building. The autumn session of the […]

Little Haiti calls on Clinton to visit, denies hate claim

Residents of Little Haiti reject Trump claims during the third debate that they hate Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Residents say that they are waiting for a visit from Secretary Clinton, especially after a letter went out on October 20th on behalf of 50 Florida Haitian-American organizations and leaders. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Little Haiti residents deny claim of Clinton hate Jeff Lenox, 7 News Miami October 20, 2016     MIAMI (WSVN) – Residents of Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood are denying claims that they dislike Hillary Clinton after Donald Trump made the claim in the final presidential debate. In the third presidential debate Wednesday, Donald Trump claimed the residents of Little Haiti in Miami do not like the Clintons. “You take a look at the people of Haiti,” he said. “I was in […]

Need for US Aid to Haiti Following Hurricane Matthew

Haiti, while still in the process of recovering from the destruction of the 2010 earthquake and fighting a subsequent cholera outbreak brought by UN peacekeepers, has been devastated by yet another natural disaster – Hurricane Matthew.  The US needs to provide aid, both financial and otherwise, to Haiti in this difficult time. Part of the article is below.  Click HERE for the full text. Inquirer Editorial: U.S. shouldn’t wait until the next disaster to do more for Haiti The Philadelphia Inquirer October 18, 2016 With so much happening in our country, including a pivotal presidential election and coastal states’ daunting recovery from Hurricane Matthew, maybe it’s understandable that the storm’s impact on Haiti has been an afterthought for many Americans. But the death and destruction in the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation shouldn’t be ignored. The United States and Haiti were […]

Hurricane Relief Efforts Risk Repeating Old Mistakes

Although Haitians were much better-prepared to handle Hurricane Matthew than they were for the 2010 earthquake, the media often portrays Haitians as helpless and in need of charity. The other mistake that the media has been making is attributing the cholera epidemic to the earthquake and not United Nations peacekeepers, giving the UN another opportunity to shirk its responsibilities to the victims. Both of these errors are important because they risk increasing the lack of accountability to Haitians. If Haitians are helpless, international aid organizations won’t need to work with local groups to best respond to the disaster. And if the UN didn’t cause cholera, it doesn’t owe Haiti’s cholera victims. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. An Inconvenient Truth: Hurricane Matthew and Cholera in Haiti Haiti Support Group October 2016 Hurricane Matthew made […]

Hurricane Matthew and its Unnatural Ramifications

Hurricane Matthew has left a path of devastation and destruction in its wake, ruining much of Haiti’s infrastructure and displacing tens of thousands of its citizens.  The hurricane alone, however, is not the only thing to blame for the damage done.  A history of maltreatment and injustice has left Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world, much more vulnerable to natural disasters. Part of the article is below.  Click HERE for the full text. For Haiti, Hurricane Matthew is an Unnatural Disaster Jason Von Meding and Giuseppe Forino, New Republic October 11, 2016 At least 1,000 people were killed when Hurricane Matthew battered the Tiburon Peninsula in Haiti last week, destroying houses and displacing tens of thousands. A humanitarian crisis is now unfolding for the survivors, with the Pan American Health Organization warning of a likely cholera surge in the country due to severely damaged water supply […]

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