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US Senators & Reps Urge DHS to Extend TPS for Haiti

U.S. Senators and Representatives from Florida wrote to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kelly asking him to extend Haiti’s TPS designation when the current 18-month period expires on July 22. They emphasized Haiti’s continuing struggle to rebuild after the 2010 earthquake and 2016 Hurricane Matthew, as well as the cholera epidemic. Signatories include US Senators Rubio and Nelson and US Representatives Alcee Hastings, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Mario Diaz-Balart, Ted Deutch, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Carlos Curbelo, Frederica Wilson, and Lois Frankel. Part of the letter is below. Read the full letter here. March 24, 2017 Honorable John F. Kelly Secretary Department of Homeland Security 3801 Nebraska Avenue NW Washington, D.C. 20016 Dear Secretary Kelly: We write to encourage you to exercise your authority under Section 244 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1254a) to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Haitian […]

Suffering Continues Months after Hurricane Matthew as Death Toll Rises

Months after Hurricane Matthew, the levels of desperation and suffering are approaching a humanitarian crisis in Haiti. The storm left over 800,000 hungry, and many regions are still recovering in the aftermath of the storm. Severe food insecurity and the recent end of emergency response programs have impeded many Haitians’ access to basic needs, and major sources of income for some farmers, such as fruit and cacao trees, will be unable to produce this year as a result of the storm. The death toll due to starvation is rising, and many Haitians lack access to safe shelter, clean water and food. Aid workers warn that the situation could deteriorate rapidly, and more will continue to lose their lives if the food shortage is not addressed. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. Desperate Haitians living in caves, eating toxic plants in […]

Une situation alarmante pour les Haïtiens affectés par l’ouragan Matthew

Après l’ouragan Matthew, beaucoup étaient préoccupés par la crise qui résulterait de la dévastation d’agriculture. Maintenant, la dévastation devient pire avec des gens affamés dans la région de Grand Anse. Le député Benoit Jean-Guerrier exige le gouvernment haïtien a agir bientôt, et il a annoncé une conférence de presse pour attirer l’attention a la situation terrible. Selon cet article, “Il y a quelques semaines, la CNSA avait tiré la sonnette d’alarme sur la dégradation de la sécurité alimentaire dans les départements affectés par l’ouragan Matthew.” Partie de l’article est ci-dessous. Cliquez ICI pour le texte complet. Grand’Anse, la faim gagne du terrain Roberson Alphonse, Le Nouvelliste 20 mars 2017 National – Plus de cinq mois après Matthew et son lot de dévastations, des habitants de sections communales reculées de la Grand’ Anse, par vagues successives, enjambent les montagnes, arrivent voûtés de désespoirs dans […]

12 Congresspeople Urge Trump Administration to Keep Haiti State Department Office

A bipartisan group of 12 lawmakers wrote to President Trump urging the administration to keep the State Department office dedicated to providing assistance to Haiti. This office has overseen $4.6 billion in humanitarian relief since it was created in 2010. The letter was spurred by the Trump administration’s current consideration of budget cuts to the State Department. Lawmakers urge Trump administration to keep Haiti office Kevin Freking, The Washington Post March 13, 2017 WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of lawmakers asked the Trump administration on Monday to maintain an independent State Department office dedicated to assisting poverty-stricken Haiti even as it weighs major budget cuts for the department. The letter from a dozen lawmakers noted that Haiti has been struck by several natural and man-made disasters in recent years. A 2010 earthquake displaced more than 1 million Haitians and killed many thousands. […]

Food Insecurity Plagues Haiti in Hurricane Matthew Aftermath

In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, over 800,000 Haitians were left without food, and approximately 280,000 are still highly food insecure. The storm destroyed agriculture, livestock and homes; many Haitians lost their entire livelihoods to the massive storm. Its effects will also continue to plague the country in years to come; 2/3 of jobs in Haiti are based in agriculture, and the country is dependent upon subsistence farming to generate food for its citizens. However, droughts leading up to the hurricane caused food production to already fall behind necessary levels, and Haiti is ranked the 7th most vulnerable country to climate change. Significant policy changes must address Haiti’s chronic food insecurity and vulnerability to natural disasters in order to alleviate the food shortages facing the country. Part of the report is shown below. Click HERE for the original report. Special Report: Failed policies in Haiti fuel a […]

Hurricane Matthew Cost Haiti 32% of GDP, $2.7 Billion

A new report highlights the devastating effects of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, and the critical need for support to improve disaster risk management in the country. As a direct result of the hurricane, Haiti lost $2.7 billion dollars, a crippling 32% of its GDP. The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction now urges support for a 3-year recovery plan that would total $2.72 billion. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. UN calls for support to recovery plan as Haiti loses $2.7 billion in Hurricane Matthew United Nations News Centre March 6, 2017 The United Nations office dedicated to disaster risk reduction today called for urgent support to improve disaster risk management in Haiti, following a damage assessment that shows the country lost $2.7 billion, or 32 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), as a […]

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