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History of Interventions & Exploitation Against Haiti

Hurricane Matthew’s devastation in Haiti is amplified by several remnants of colonial relations, military interventions by Woodrow Wilson and Roosevelt, and now today by “poorly implemented aid projects.” Law Street Media traces the history of economic exploitation of Haiti by France and Spain, and demonstrates the progression of “disappointments” by the United States and the United Nations: the U.S. continuing economic exploitation, and the UN continuing to deny responsibility for the increasing spread of cholera. Law Street cites IJDH’s Beatrice Lindstrom: “The need for a new UN response that both controls and eliminates cholera and compensates the victims who have suffered so much is now more dire than ever.” Using history and recent examples of exploitation, the article concludes: “Haiti will continue to be plagued with problems if the impoverished country is unable to properly recover from disease outbreaks like this, as well […]

Paul Farmer visits Haiti after Hurricane Matthew

After working as a physician in Haiti for 30 years, Paul Farmer is “terrified” by the spread of UN-cholera. However, Dr. Farmer states unequivocally that Haiti has shown progress. For example, he recounts the story of a 12-year old who may have been paralyzed by Zika or a number of things. The boy’s mother took him to the emergency room at University Hospital, a half-hour from the capital. The emergency room specialist “thought he would be asphyxiated if the paralysis hit the diaphragm, so she [the doctor] put him on a breathing machine and did a tracheotomy, which saved his life.” Haiti has shown progress in that the Emergency Room was open 24/7 and maintains an Intensive Care Unit. While Dr. Farmer is “humbled” by his Haitian colleagues, he responds to the notion that Haitians are more resilient than other peoples: […]

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 […]

51 Florida Groups and Leaders Ask Hillary Clinton Meeting and Views on Urgent Haiti Issues

October 20, 2016 27 Florida-based organizations and 24 other prominent Floridians have written Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton asking her to promptly inform them of her positions on crucial issues of concern to the Haitian American community, a key electorate, and for a meeting regarding these issues. Noting that “Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti, affecting two million Haitians; stranding hundreds of thousands; killing at least 1,000; obliterating tens of thousands of homes; destroying and inundating towns, livestock, crops, and livelihoods; and causing a surge in cholera cases,” they ask Secretary Clinton “to promptly inform of us of your views on the following concerns, which are of great importance to the Haitian-American community.” In successive sections, the letter describes policy needs and “asks,” all made more urgent by Matthew’s devastation, regarding the needs for U.S. leadership to eradicate Haiti’s cholera epidemic […]

Haitian-Americans express concern over upcoming US election

Interviewed residents of Little Haiti express their concerns over this presidential election. Several of those interviewed expressed frustration with the lack of discussion over the effect of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, as well as the Clinton Foundation’s missteps in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Florida Haitian-American Voters A Challenge For Hillary Clinton Nadege Green, WLRN October 12, 2016   Along busy Northeast Second Avenue in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood sits the Caribbean Marketplace, a bright yellow structure modeled after Haiti’s famous Iron Market. Usually the cultural hub is home to Haitian art exhibits or music-filled nights ofkonpa and rara. But recently, the complex has been abuzz with political activity – presidential candidate Donald Trump  (and protesters) made an appearance and a Hillary Clinton campaign office opened a few doors down… […]

“Do black lives matter to Obama?” Activists protest deportations

Activists in Little Haiti protest U.S. deportation policy of Haitians. They call the deportation policy “fickle,” because it breaks up families, with some freed and some locked up in detention camps awaiting deportation back to hurricane-torn Haiti, where cases of cholera are on the rise. Activists called on President Obama, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to take action. Steve Forrester of IJDH said, “They announced they were going to start deporting again, saying conditions had improved. Everybody knows that’s not true; it’s just not true. But Matthew makes it really obscene.” Activists Call Haitian Deportation Policy “Abomination” by Gary Nelson, CBS Miami October 10th, 2016 MIAMI – Speaking in Creole, Marie Carole Jeune sobbed as she spoke to a bank of reporters and television news cameras Monday at a Little Haiti community center. She explained through her tears that her […]

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