Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Haiti a Year Later: Every Glimmer of Hope Balanced by a Tale of Despair

By. Jessica Leeder, Globe and Mail Newly married and pregnant with her first baby, Michaëlle Beaussicot has become one of the lucky ones. She recently moved out of a notorious 55,000-person camp in Petionville and into a new, tin-roofed house atop a breezy plain northwest of town. The community is lit at night with solar lights, has women-only latrines, clean water, room for her tiny vegetable garden and school rooms for primary-aged kids. “I’m lucky because a lot of people can’t get what they need,” she said. That group includes Fabriola Valbrun, a 17-year-old orphan who prostitutes herself on the lawless streets surrounding Haiti’s crushed presidential palace. Her parents died one year ago today in the earthquake that smashed Haiti, leaving her with no one and nothing. “If I had my parents, I wouldn’t have to go through this,” she […]

Good intentions gone wrong

  By Paul Waldie Globe and Mail Too many aid organizations and an inept government have created a chaotic relief effort in Haiti.   Joey Adler could barely contain her anger when she returned to Canada recently from Haiti.   Ms. Adler had been on her third trip to the country, delivering medical supplies on behalf of the Montreal-based OneXOne Foundation, which she founded. When she arrived at the Port-au-Prince airport to board her flight home, Ms. Adler saw nearly 100 pallets loaded with bottles of water sitting on the tarmac, going nowhere. “I was so angry,” Ms. Adler recalled. “People were starving and thirsty in the streets.”   She added that on each trip to Haiti, she has seen ever-increasing piles of emergency supplies stuck at the airport. “I don’t know what it is and I’m not blaming anyone,” […]

Author of study on Haiti cleared of bias by journal

By Marina Jimenez, Friday’s Globe and Mail  Feb 9, 2007 The Lancet, a prestigious British medical journal, has cleared the author of a study on Haiti of systemic bias, and reaffirmed the findings of her report. Athena Kolbe’s report concluded that widespread human-rights violations in Haiti have occurred, despite the presence of a Canadian-led United Nations police force and Brazilian-led peacekeeping mission. The Lancet investigation was launched after a British-based Haiti Support Group complained she wasn’t objective. Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet, noted that Ms. Kolbe had an “undeclared conflict of interest” for failing to disclose to its readers that she had worked as a volunteer in 1995 at an orphanage founded by former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and as a journalist under the name of Lyn Duff. However, Mr. Horton said there was no evidence of bias in the […]

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