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Discrimination and the Ongoing Citizenship Crisis in DR and Haiti

This article tells a detailed story of how the crisis on the Dominico-Haitian border developed, beginning with stories of the people now living in camps on the border. It ties these individual stories to the larger story of how the Dominican Republic first began stripping citizenship from Dominicans of Haitian descent, making clear the devastating impact of these discriminatory actions on both individuals and society in the two countries. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. In Exile Deportations and violence have driven tens of thousands of people of Haitian descent from their homes in the Dominican Republic — while the world is silent. Jonathan M. Katz, The New York Times January 13, 2016 At the far southeastern tip of Haiti, just outside the border town of Anse-à-Pitres, there was a farm. When the farmer’s grandfather bought the land […]

Six Years Later, Tens of Thousands Still Live in Post-Quake Camps

Despite over $13 billion pledged by people and organizations across the globe following Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, tens of thousands of Haitians are still living in tents or on the streets where they are especially vulnerable to illnesses. This segment features interviews with an elected official from Delmas who says nobody has visited the internal displacement camps since 2014. In a later interview, Sandra Honoré, Head of the UN mission in Haiti, says the internal displacement “statistics speak for themselves” in terms of improvement since the earthquake. Would those who are still displaced agree? Haiti still on shaky ground despite earthquake aid Al Jazeera America January 7, 2015 Click HERE for the original post.

Dominicans and Haitians Fleeing Persecution Face Poor Conditions in Border Camps

Due to discriminatory laws and threats of deportation, as well as documented deportations, camps have formed on the border of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. After an initial visit by Haiti’s president and first lady, the residents have been left to survive on their own, with the camps not even recognized by Haitian authorities. Cholera has begun to spread in the camps and has even made it across the border. Meanwhile, some camp residents are building churches and schools, trying to create a better life in a country they don’t know. Fearful, Haitian Migrants Flee Dominican Republic for Camps Along Border Azam Ahmed, The New York Times December 12, 2015 PARC CADEAU 2, Haiti — Along this arid strip of borderland, the river brings life. Its languid waters are used to cook the food, quench the thirst and bathe the bodies […]

Une crise à la frontière et ailleurs en Haïti

Presque personne ne parle des camps toujours en place depuis le seisme du janvier 2010 en Haïti. Maintenant, il ya plus de camps de croissance à la frontière entre Haïti et la République Dominicaine. Le choléra fait rage dans ces camps et ça n’est pas le seul problème qu’ils rencontrent. Une partie de l’article est ci-dessous. Cliquez ICI pour le texte complet. Humanitaire : La situation du pays s’est davantage détériorée en 2015 Karenine Francesca Theosmy, Le Nouvelliste 20 novembre 2015 Alors que depuis l’année dernière, la plupart des camps étaient fermés, surtout ceux qui se trouvaient sur les places publiques, le problème humanitaire semble entier. Faire disparaître les traces visibles de la catastrophe n’a pas occulté les défis structurels. Pour l’instant, les responsables humanitaires refusent de donner à la situation le nom de crise. « Plus ou moins à partir de […]

Chelsea Clinton Memo on 2010 Earthquake Response

Among the recently-released Hillary Clinton State Department emails is a very detailed memo from Chelsea Clinton which describes the many failures of the international response to Haiti’s 2010 earthquake. In the memo, Chelsea describes the utter incompetence of many who were supposed to be helping Haitians, a great number of which were UN agencies. Chelsea ends the memo with recommendations on how to make the post-quake response more organized and effective, including working with local partners, having more centralized oversight of the response, and working with the Haitian government rather than undermining it. Click HERE for the full text. ———————- To: Dad, Mom Cc: Cheryl, Doug, Justin There is a context section at the bottom, which is longer than I would like, but I think it is important to articulate what I saw and whom I spoke with (and what I […]

Lessons from Haiti to Nepal: What Not to Do

There were many missteps made in the immediate aftermath of Haiti’s 2010 earthquake that led to the well-known failures of the relief and reconstruction efforts, even to this day. Jonathan Katz, who wrote an entire books on those efforts, is now speaking out to make sure the same missteps aren’t made in Nepal after their devastating quake. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text and audio. Five things the international community shouldn’t do after a disaster Shirin Jaafari, PRI’s TheWorld April 30, 2015 Jonathan Katz was a reporter for the Associated Press in Haiti in 2010, the year a powerful earthquake there killed more than 100,000 people. He was able to see how outside help flowed into the stricken country — and how many outsiders, himself included, messed up in the aftermath of the disaster. Katz wrote about those experiences in […]

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