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After Death of a Loved One, Haitians Must Choose: Lifetime of Debt or a Funeral?

Imagine coping with the death of a loved one, and being told that you must pay more money than your annual income to ‘properly’ bury the deceased. This is the reality for many impoverished Haitians when they are at their most vulnerable and grief-stricken; they are charged exorbitant fees solely for the profit of those in the burial business, who exploit the family members’ unawareness of cheaper options and their desires to pay respect to the deceased. 2/3 of Haitians live on less than $2 per day, and funeral fees will put them into debt for years to come. This issue continues to be of critical importance as the death toll from cholera, food shortages and natural disasters continues to rise daily. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. Grieving Haitians go into lifetime of debt to fund funerals David McFadden, Associated Press April […]

St. Vincent PM Demands UN Accountability for Cholera

On September 29, 2015, Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, addressed the UN General Assembly. At minute 10:37, he addressed the issue of denationalization in the Dominican Republic (DR), as well as deportations from DR. At minute 15:18, he addresses the lack of UN accountability for cholera in Haiti, as well as peacekeeper sexual assaults. Gonsalves also spoke of the effects of climate change on his country, the importance of global poverty alleviation, the embargo on Cuba, and other issues.     Click HERE for the original posting.

Freedom House Report on Haiti Released

Freedom House recently published their 2015 report on Freedom in the World. Below is the overview of the section on Haiti. Haiti’s ratings decreased this year (down 1 point on a 7-point scale) because of the government’s failure to hold elections on time, harassment of human rights defenders and political opponents, and violence against media critical of the current administration. Click HERE for the full report. Freedom in the World 2015 Freedom House August 2015 OVERVIEW:  Legislative and municipal elections due in 2011 and 2013 were delayed for another year in 2014, causing Haiti to descend toward political crisis. As Haitians took to the streets in protest, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe resigned in December at the recommendation of a presidential commission. The double homicide of human rights defender Daniel Dorsainvil and his wife in February and the fruitless police investigation deepened […]

France Needs Open Dialogue on Haiti Debt Restitution

On May 12, calls for France to restore Haiti’s “Independence Ransom” were renewed when Haiti saw its 2nd ever visit by a sitting French president. Instead of addressing the restitution issue directly, French presidents have cancelled Haiti’s debts and promised to help Haiti with development. Given the terrible price Haiti has paid France for its independence, many are adamant that these concessions are not enough for justice to be served.   Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text.   Dialogue on reparations for Haiti is long overdue Nathalie Baptiste, Latin Correspondent May 18, 2015   On May 12, French president Francois Hollande made history by becoming the first president of France to make a formal state visit to the former colony, Haiti. Rather than a welcome parade, however, President Hollande was greeted by 200 protesters […]

How Cholera Reached Haiti & How It Can Be Addressed

The following is a statement from Dr. Louise Ivers, Senior Health and Policy Advisor for Partners in Health, during a Haiti Advocacy Working Group (HAWG) panel. The panel was part of HAWG’s “Haiti Advocacy Week,” a series of events aimed at getting Haiti more attention on Capitol Hill. This particular panel focuses on the cholera epidemic and how the US government can better address it. Dr. Louise Ivers March 6, 2015 Cholera is a gram negative bacterial infection that is spread by contaminated water or food, and to some degree between people in households where someone is sick with symptoms. Its an ancient disease that has long been eradicated in parts of the world where simple things like clean water, latrines, soap and basic medical care are available. In Haiti, the cholera epidemic began in October 2010 and spread with […]

What has changed since the 2010 earthquake?

What’s the status of the cholera epidemic in Haiti? What about the people displaced when their homes collapsed? How’s the economy doing? CEPR answers these questions and many more with statistics from various sources, in commemoration of the 5th quake anniversary coming up on Monday, January 12th. Part of the report is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti by the Numbers, Five Years Later Center for Economic and Policy Research January 8, 2015 Number of people killed in the earthquake in 2010: over 217,300 Minimum number of Haitians killed by the U.N.–caused cholera epidemic: 8,774 Number of years it took after the introduction of cholera for the international community to hold a donor conference to raise funds for the cholera response: 4 Amount pledged for cholera eradication: $50 million Amount needed: $2.2 billion Number of years it would take to fully fund the […]

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