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Brian Concannon speaks on the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in Haiti

Brian Concannon, director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), spoke to Vancouver Co-Operative Radio in a 13-minute interview on November 22, 2012 about the impact of Hurricane Sandy in Haiti. He notes that Haiti escaped a direct hit from the hurricane, but due to the huge rainfall that fell, Haiti nonetheless received a devastating blow, killing some 75 people, destroying crops ready for harvesting and exposing to the elements tens of thousands of people living in flimsy shelter. Listen to the interview here: http://rabble.ca/podcasts/shows/redeye/2012/11/haiti%E2%80%99s-troubles-compounded-wake-hurricane-sandy

Haiti seeks $2bn for cholera epidemic ‘introduced by UN peacekeepers’

Jonathan Watts, The Guardian November 29, 2012 Nepalese troops thought to be source of disease that has killed 7,500 – more than violence that brought peacekeepers to Haiti A Haitian with symptoms of cholera is transported in a wheelbarrow in the slums of Cite-Soleil in Port-au-Prince the month after the outbreak began in 2010. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters Haiti is to call on the international community for more than $2bn (£1.25bn) to fight cholera amid growing evidence that UN peacekeepers started the world’s worst epidemic. The government’s 10-year plan to improve sanitation and water provision will be unveiled with the backing of foreign aid groups and the UN, which is accused of one of the greatest failures in the history of international intervention. It follows reports of a recent spike in cholera cases following hurricane Sandy and warnings from non-governmental organisation (NGOs) that the US and […]

The United Nation’s role in Haiti cholera outbreak

Lauren Carasik, Al Jazerra November 20, 2012.  The UN should help Haiti in getting rid of the deadly disease cholera by providing adequate financial assistance. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, there is a spike in waterborne diseases – including cholera – in Haiti [EPA] Just over two years have passed since the cholera epidemic started its deadly march in Haiti, exacting a staggering toll. The most recent statistics from “Partners in Health” indicate that cholera has left 600,885 sick and taken 7,568 lives, with 76,981 new cases diagnosed in 2012. As details emerged about the origin of the cholera epidemic, a disease not seen in Haiti in almost a century prior to the outbreak, it became clear that the UN stabilisation force, known by its French acronym, MINUSTAH, was to blame. Yet, as we approach the one-year mark since […]

Homeward Bound? Assessing Progress of Relocation from Haiti’s IDP Camps

Mark Schuller Anthropology and NGO Leadership and Development, Northern Illinois University Faculté d’Ethnologie, l’Université d’Etat d’Haïti mschuller@niu.edu   November 16, 2012  EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Striking Haiti on its way to the United States’ eastern seaboard in late October, Hurricane Sandy exposed the precariousness of the estimated 370,000 people still living under tents almost three years after the devastating earthquake. Yet the population of internally displaced persons (IDPs) peaked at 1.5 million. As a report from the US State Department pointed out, the current IDP population is estimated at 25% of this total. Much has been said about the efforts of the international community to rehouse this vulnerable population, particularly President Michel Martelly’s “16/6” program and the NGO programs that have followed. With all the international aid going into Haiti, what are the results? How are Haitian people benefiting? What worked and […]

Press Release on Housing Rights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            November 16, 2012 Contact: Nicole Phillips, Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti – nicole@ijdh.org Mark Schuller, Anthropology and NGO Leadership and Development, Northern Illinois University – mschuller@niu.edu The first in a series of four reports on housing conditions and relocation was published today. Based on research conducted in July and August 2012 by Mark Schuller, with funding from the National Science Foundation, “Homeward Bound? Assessing Progress of Relocation from Haiti’s IDP camps” is available on the Institute for Justice and Democracy (IJDH) website at http://ijdh.org/archives/29560 Striking Haiti on its way to the United States’ eastern seaboard in late October, Hurricane Sandy exposed the precariousness of the estimated 370,000 people still living under tents almost three years after the devastating earthquake. Yet the population of internally displaced persons (IDPs) peaked at 1.5 million. […]

Haiti: Human Security in Danger

International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) National Human Rights Defense Network (RNDDH) Ecumenical Center for Human Rights (CEDH) Press Release Haiti: Human Security in Danger Paris – Port-au-Prince, 12 November 2012. FIDH and its member organisations in Haiti, the National Human Rights Defense Network (RNDDH) and the Ecumenical Center for Human Rights (CEDH), today publish an alarming report into the persistent human insecurity in Haiti, despite the exceptional humanitarian efforts made since the earthquake of 12 January 2010. Almost three years after this disaster, more than 80% of the population still lives below the poverty line, in a situation of extreme precariousness that Hurricane Sandy has only aggravated. For the roughly 370,000 victims of the earthquake still living in displaced person camps, the situation deteriorates by the day: living conditions in the camps are shameful and getting worse; forced expulsions […]

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