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Haitians Stranded by Policy after Hurricane Matthew

The following report from News Deeply describes how Brazil first deterred Haitian refugees, then the US shifted its policy to return folks to post-hurricane conditions; the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) increased its number of detentions and deportations, and people of faith have banded together to build a community-based response to the crisis. Read the full article HERE.   Humanitarian Crisis on U.S. Border: Haitians Stranded by Policy by Sally Kantar, News Deeply November 8th, 2016 Over the past year, more than 5,000 Haitians entered the United States legally through the Tijuana-San Ysidro border crossing between Mexico and San Diego, California, after making a 7,000-mile (11,000km) overland trek from Brazil. Their journeys can be traced back to the 2010 earthquake that ravaged Haiti, initially displacing 1.5 million people, claiming more than 200,000 lives, and laying the groundwork for a cholera epidemic that affected hundreds of […]

New York Times front page on UN-cholera

UN-Cholera made the front page of the New York Times after Hurricane Matthew, with heart-breaking photography. “When you look around you, it’s like the end of the world,” said Joseph Kenso, 33. The article relates the emotional toll on victims and their families, in addition to medical staff. Families risk it all to remain with victims in the clinic of the remote town of Rendel, four-hours away from a paved road. The people abandoned the town, and the victims of cholera remained often-times dispossessed. Cholera Deepens Haiti’s Misery After Hurricane by Azam Ahmed, photographs by Meridith Kohut, New York Times October 15th, 2016 RENDEL, Haiti — There is a plague on this town. Even before the winds and rain toppled nearly everything standing, cholera was already here. It came down from the mountains, washing into the lives of the thousands […]

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