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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, […]

Plurrify podcast interview with Brian Concannon

Earlier this week Brian Concannon gave a podcast interview with Mathias Antonsson, CEO and Founder of Plurrify. Concannon discusses IJDH’s various projects in Haiti, including cholera accountability, fair elections, women’s rights, lawyer training, and the Duvalier prosecution. Concannon also details his personal story, and how a native Bostonian became a prominent and active fighter for Haitian rights. Plurrify October 11, 2016   Click HERE for the post on Plurrify’s site.

Brian Concannon “To the Point” Interview: Hurricane Matthew hits Haiti

KCRW gave an interview with Brian Concannon on Hurricane Matthew. To access the interview, click the link below, scroll to the second play option under “From This Episode” titled Hurricane Matthew hits Haiti Click HERE to listen to the interview.

Four minute Boston CBS interview with IJDH’s Brian Concannon

Click HERE to check out the interview on Hurricane Matthew, why the death toll is so high, and how to help.

Signs of Cholera Justice Starting to Come from the UN

Though the United Nations’ admission of involvement in Haiti’s cholera epidemic isn’t as strong as it could or should be, it still marks a turning point in the UN’s response to the epidemic. This admission comes along with many other important steps that build pressure for justice for Haiti’s cholera victims, including a few reports showing that the UN was responsible and continued poor sanitation practices years into the epidemic, and a statement from a UNn spokesman promising the revelation of a set of new actions against cholera in coming months. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Cholera In Haiti: Court Says Victims Can’t Sue, But U.N. Promises Amends Richard Knox, CommonHealth/WBUR August 19, 2016 In 2010, United Nations peacekeeper forces infected with cholera unleashed a devastating outbreak of the disease in Haiti. So far the epidemic […]

The UN’s Cover Up in Haiti’s Cholera Crisis

The Takeaway Magazine spoke with Jonathan Katz, the first journalist to document the U.N’s role in Haiti’s cholera crisis. The disease initially killed 5,000 people and has since claimed up to 30,000 lives. Despite Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s claims that the UN has a moral responsibility to help end the outbreak, they have denied responsibility for starting the outbreak despite almost indisputable scientific research. The Haiti Aid fund that the United Nations pledged has also been vastly underfunded, reaching only 18%. After the initial outbreak, the UN actively tried to cover-up their involvement, destroying evidence and putting out press releases disclaiming their responsibility.  Even after an independent UN-appointed panel found the organization responsible for causing epidemic, the UN still refused to acknowledge the findings of the report. The repercussion of the UN’s lack of moral responsibility is particularly damaging because moral authority is the United […]

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