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While attention is elsewhere, US government resumes deportations to Haiti

While the U.S. government transitions between administrations, the Department of Homeland Security continues to deport people of Haitian heritage. Steve Forester of IJDH said, “It’s completely outrageous given the devastation Hurricane Matthew caused and the inability of Haiti to receive deportees…The only thing that has changed in Haiti is that the vast devastation affecting two million people in Haiti is no longer in the headlines; that’s the only thing that has changed since they suspended deportations.” Steve Forester is an activist in Miami. Activists in San Diego also condemn the deportations. Pierre Esperance, executive director of the National Network Defense of Human Rights (RNDDH). Esperance said, “These are not criminal deportees but people who went to Brazil and transited through Mexico to San Diego, California.” Below is a portion of the Miami Herald article. Click HERE for the full article. U.S. government […]

Researcher Dispels Myths of Haiti’s “Natural” Disaster

Refuting the claims of major world powers, Dr. Kasia Mika of KITLV makes the following points: 1) neoliberal economic and military efforts exacerbate extreme poverty in Haiti, 2) UN peacekeepers introduced cholera, 3) “aid is not always good.” Researcher Kasia Mika gives a sobered account of post-hurricane Haiti, and appears to have no axe to grind. The article concludes “it is best to donate money (not old clothes or unwanted items) to Haitian-led efforts staffed by people who have the necessary expertise to help.” Local organizations, and NGOs with a proven track record are listed here. Hurricane Matthew in Haiti: Just another natural disaster? by Dr. Kasia Mika, KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies October 14th, 2016 The destruction caused by hurricane Matthew in Haiti is not entirely natural nor is it unique. Rather, the cyclone unearthed  longer histories of environmental degradation, economic exploitation, political marginalization, […]

After Hurricane Matthew, UN cholera threatens Haiti

In 2010, United Nations peacekeepers introduced cholera to Haiti, sickening more than 700,000, and killing over 9,000 people. As of Sunday, Port-Salut HCR Hospital started to see more cases of cholera, which is a water-borne disease. “Cholera is going to spread, no doubt,” said Mario Joseph of BAI-IJDH, who sued the UN on behalf of Haitian cholera victims. After Hurricane Matthew, cholera is once again threatening storm-ravaged Haiti by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald October 9th, 2016 PORT-SALUT, HAITI . Before Hurricane Matthew’s apocalyptic plow through this one-time tourist haven on Haiti’s southwest coast, Port-Salut’s small hospital hadn’t seen a cholera case in three months. On Sunday, as Haiti faced the double threat of starvation and cholera — the deadly water-borne disease that since 2010 has sickened more than 700,000 and killed over 9,000 — Port-Salut HCR Hospital was once again starting to see cholera cases. […]

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