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Matthew Reminds Us of UN Role in Haiti Cholera Epidemic

This story tracks cholera in Haiti, from when United Nations peacekeepers first brought the previously-unknown disease to Haiti in 2010 to the UN finally admitting involvement in the epidemic in 2016. When the epidemic first began, the UN tried to cover up its involvement and the World Health Organization helped by saying that the focus needed to be on stopping the disease rather than finding the origin. For years, the UN denied involvement and also dodged responsibility in court, using immunity against the lawsuit IJDH filed against it. Now that Hurricane Matthew has brought more water into Haiti, the risk of cholera spiking has increased. What will the UN do about it? The UN’s Role in the Devastating Cholera Epidemic in Haiti Gillian Mahoney, ABC News October 20, 2016 As Hurricane Matthew churned off the coast of Haiti earlier this month […]

Al Jazeera “Eyes on Haiti” – rethinking global responses to Hurricane Matthew

Check out Al Jazeera’s “Eyes on Haiti.” This video includes testimonies and arguments from several Haitians and Haiti affiliates, and covers topics including the way Haiti is discussed internationally, the extent of devastation after Hurricane Matthew, and the role of the government in providing aid and structures to its citizens. Eyes on Haiti Al Jazeera October 19, 2016  

Why Natural Disasters Cause Unnatural Damage in Haiti

In the interview below, Jonathan Katz, who was a foreign correspondent in Haiti at the time of the 2010 earthquake and the cholera epidemic later caused by the UN, explains what needs to be done better after Hurricane Matthew. He stresses the needs for accountability from international aid organizations and agencies, partnership with the Haitian government, and building systems to prevent such a devastating impact from the next natural disaster. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Why Haiti wasn’t ready for a hurricane: A Q&A with Jonathan Katz Jonathan Katz, IRIN News October 19, 2016 Two weeks after Hurricane Matthew slammed into southern Haiti, the scale of the damage is still becoming horrifyingly apparent. According to the UN, some 1.4 million people are in urgent need of aid and that number is expected to rise, […]

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 […]

Sen. Markey: UN Response to Matthew in Haiti “Grossly Inadequate”

Senator Markey (D-MA) makes a statement regarding UN aid to Haiti following Hurricane Matthew.  He states that the UN’s actions thus far are “grossly inadequate” and calls for increased leadership by the UN in response to the destruction of Hurricane Matthew. PRESS RELEASE: Senator Markey Criticizes United Nations Response to Hurricane Matthew in Haiti Senator Ed Markey October 18, 2016 Washington (October 18, 2016) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy, today called the United Nations (UN) effort to remedy the humanitarian crisis in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew grossly inadequate. Approximately 546 people have been killed as a result of the deadly storm, 438 injured, and 128 are missing. At least 2.1 million people in Haiti have been affected by Hurricane Matthew’s damage, with more than 1.4 million in […]

Press Release on 10/22 Hurricane Matthew Relief in Dorchester

October 15, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Massachusetts Haitian American grassroots coalitions organize to respond to Hurricane Matthew Contact: Nesly Metayer (HAU), 617-283-2080 The Haitian Americans United Inc. (HAU) in collaboration with the Haiti Development Institute (HDI), and several community partners are coordinating a concerted response to the level 4 Hurricane that battered Haiti between October 3rd and 4th. Their goal is to respond to the emergent needs of affected communities in the short and long-term, while making sure the voices of the Haitian-American diaspora are included in the reconstruction effort. Hurricane Matthew dealt a severe blow to Haiti’s already weakened and fragile infrastructure, leaving a disastrous trail of flooded cities and towns and displaced residents who are facing major public health challenges, particularly in the Southern part of the country. Close to two weeks after the powerful storm first made […]

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