Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

The truth behind the numbers: Why Haiti Did Not Dodge a Bullet with Tropical Storm Isaac?

Angela Bruce Raeburn, Oxfam America August 31, 2012  The aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaac in Haiti. Photo by Stephania Musset. As Tropical Storm Isaac dumped torrential rains on Haiti this past weekend, many found a silver lining in the fact that only 24 Haitians died. True, it could have been much worse. Haiti continues to suffer from the effects of the devastating 2010 earthquake, and Isaac could have been yet another major catastrophe. But the effects of Isaac will be felt for quite some time and could result in a much higher death toll. Haiti did not dodge a bullet. Agriculture losses, a looming cholera crisis, and homelessness are the real numbers behind Isaac. And what will happen the next time a tropical storm passes through Haiti if people remain displaced without adequate housing? Agriculture provides employment for half the national workforce and makes up 28 […]

Haiti: Why Ground Reports Still Matter

By Adam Clark Estes, Huffington Post Haiti is still there. Shattered, starving and suffering, the Haitian people endure despite the media’s most recent retreat in coverage. And slowly, a rebuilt nation is rising from the rubble. During the next ten weeks, members of the Huffington Post Citizen Reporting unit will chronicle these efforts on this blog. The team includes relief workers both on the ground in Haiti, members of international support teams like UNICEF and Oxfam as well as supporters dispatching help from their hometowns across the country. It was ten weeks ago to the day that a 7.0 magnitude earthquake claimed the lives of an estimated 200,000 people in the Caribbean nation. In the days following the initial quake — aftershocks continued for weeks — over a million people were left homeless and hundreds of thousands needed medical treatment. […]

Good intentions gone wrong

  By Paul Waldie Globe and Mail Too many aid organizations and an inept government have created a chaotic relief effort in Haiti.   Joey Adler could barely contain her anger when she returned to Canada recently from Haiti.   Ms. Adler had been on her third trip to the country, delivering medical supplies on behalf of the Montreal-based OneXOne Foundation, which she founded. When she arrived at the Port-au-Prince airport to board her flight home, Ms. Adler saw nearly 100 pallets loaded with bottles of water sitting on the tarmac, going nowhere. “I was so angry,” Ms. Adler recalled. “People were starving and thirsty in the streets.”   She added that on each trip to Haiti, she has seen ever-increasing piles of emergency supplies stuck at the airport. “I don’t know what it is and I’m not blaming anyone,” […]

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