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New York Times front page on UN-cholera

UN-Cholera made the front page of the New York Times after Hurricane Matthew, with heart-breaking photography. “When you look around you, it’s like the end of the world,” said Joseph Kenso, 33. The article relates the emotional toll on victims and their families, in addition to medical staff. Families risk it all to remain with victims in the clinic of the remote town of Rendel, four-hours away from a paved road. The people abandoned the town, and the victims of cholera remained often-times dispossessed. Cholera Deepens Haiti’s Misery After Hurricane by Azam Ahmed, photographs by Meridith Kohut, New York Times October 15th, 2016 RENDEL, Haiti — There is a plague on this town. Even before the winds and rain toppled nearly everything standing, cholera was already here. It came down from the mountains, washing into the lives of the thousands […]

UN Secretary General sees Hurricane Matthew’s Destruction

Six years after dumping untreated sewage in earthquake-torn Haiti, the United Nations finally accepted responsibility for introducing cholera. Ban Ki-moon visited hurricane victims in Haiti, after Beatrice Lindstrom of IDJH expressed hope the UN Secretary General would “fully acknowledge the U.N.’s responsibility for introducing cholera to Haiti.” Lindstrom said “The need for a new U.N. response that both controls and eliminates cholera and compensates the victims who have suffered so much is now more dire than ever.” Ban Ki-moon made no mention of guilt to the victims of cholera during this visit, nor did he mention falling very short of the UN’s $181 million special fund for cholera victims. UN Chief in Haiti Gets Glimpse of Matthew’s Destruction by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS October 15th, 2016 PORT­-AU-­PRINCE, Haiti — U.N. Secretary-­General Ban Ki­-moon visited victims of devastating Hurricane Matthew on Saturday, saying the destruction […]

New York Times urges DHS to end deportations

The New York Times editorial staff opined Saturday: “Department of Homeland Security should immediately reinstitute temporary protected status for Haitians in the United States, and suspend efforts to deport unauthorized immigrants back to the disaster zone.” As Haiti struggles through the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, combined with chronic poverty and cholera, it also faces “misguided disaster response.” In response to these issues, Haitians need temporary protected status, TPS and donations to seasoned, Haitian charities. Part of the editorial is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti’s New Catastrophe by the New York Times editorial staff October 7th, 2016 Hurricane Matthew battered Florida and points north on Friday, having already wreaked deadly havoc in the Bahamas, Jamaica, Cuba and Haiti. All those along its path need aid and protection and, when the wind and rain end, swift help in rebuilding. But Haiti needs it […]

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