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UN Statement on Hurricane Matthew Relief

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made a statement on the UN’s plan for relief in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew. In the announcement of the relief plan, he also appealed to donors to help fund the plan, emphasizing that the need is urgent. UN appeals for $120 million to launch ‘massive response’ in storm-ravaged Haiti UN News Centre October 10, 2016 10 October 2016 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the launch of a near $120 million appeal to fund United Nations aid activities in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, where the rising death toll coupled with the start of the rainy season has prompted the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to sound the alarm on the threat of waterborne diseases to children living in the worst-affected areas. “Hundreds have died. At least 1.4 million people need assistance at this time. Some […]

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. […]

More Incriminating Details Released on UN Sexual Abuse Scandal

Earlier this year, UN officials came under fire for attempting to cover up sexual abuse by French peacekeepers in the Central African Republic by suspending a whistleblower. More details about this scandal have now been revealed: UN officials knew about the abuse for months and when they failed to act, a staff member, Anders Kompass, passed the information along to the French government. When France began to investigate, UN officials became determined to fire Kompass but settled on suspending him when he threatened to make the information public. The investigation is ongoing and organizations like AIDS-Free World are demanding accountability for peacekeeper sexual abuse.   Part of the press release is below. Click HERE for the full text.   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Gill Mathurin: +1 646-924-1710 (EDT), gm@aidsfreeworld.org Christina Magill: +1 416-657-4458 (EDT), clm@aidsfreeworld.org TOP UN OFFICIALS IGNORED CHILD […]

World Bank Head Urges Support for Cholera Elimination

World Bank head Jim Yong Kim recognizes progress in eliminating cholera from Haiti but also stresses that more needs to be done. The cholera elimination plan formed by the Haitian government and the UN is still mostly unfunded and donors aren’t assisting the aid efforts enough. World Bank head Jim Yong Kim calls for renewed urgency in Haiti’s cholera fight Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald April 12, 2014 The head of the World Bank is calling for a renewed sense of urgency and more coordination from the international community to help Haiti eliminate cholera, which has killed thousands of Haitians since its outbreak in October 2010. “Cholera can be eliminated in Haiti. We need to do much more to strengthen Haitian institutions and support the government’s cholera elimination plan,” World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said. “This will require an integrated […]

Communiqué de presse MCC sur le cholera en Haïti

Pour commémorer le quatrième anniversaire du tremblement de terre, Wawa et Kristen Chege ont rédigé un communiqué de presse sur les logements et le cholera. Ci-dessous est celui sur l’épidémie du choléra. Click HERE for the English version. Financer le plan d’élimination du choléra et implémenter les recommandations des experts. Wawa et Kristen Chege, MCC Latin America Advocacy Blog January 2014 Haïti souffre de la pire épidémie de choléra dans l’histoire mondiale récente. Cette épidémie est due à une déficience dans le traitement des ordures au camp de base d’une Mission des Nations Unies pour la Stabilisation en Haïti népalaise (MINUSTAH), à Mirebalais. La souche népalaise du virus se serait répendue dans la rivière Artibonite, dont l’eau est utilisée pour laver, cuisiner et boire dans une grande partie du pays. Le 11 décembre 2011, le Secrétaire Général des Nations Unies a approuvé […]

Faith-Based Community Statement on Dominican Court Ruling

The situation of Dominicans of Haitian descent remains extremely uncertain ever since the September 2013 high court ruling that denies citizenship to ancestors of immigrants born in 1929 or later.  The faith-based community has had a large impact in Haiti and they feel that now, more than ever, it’s important for the voice of churches to be heard in the US and DR as well. Statement of communities of faith on the ruling of the Dominican Constitutional Court denying citizenship to four generations of Dominicans of Haitian descent November 26, 2013 “Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.” — Proverbs 31:8, 9 We represent churches, interdenominational groups and faith-based organizations with long presence and ties in the Dominican Republic. As communities […]

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