In 1998, the Haitian community in Boston celebrated their Haitian heritage and became the first Haitian diaspora community in the United States to hold such ceremony in memory of their ancestors. Today, Haitians across the U.S. honor their ancestors and celebrate Haiti’s contribution to the global freedom and democracy throughout May. According to Wikipedia, “Haitian Heritage Month was first celebrated in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1998. Tele Kreyol, one of the Boston Haitian Access Television programs, celebrated the whole month of May with a series of programs on Haitian history, culture, and contributions to the world. The month-long celebration has continued with such activities as parades, flag raisings, and exhibits organized by Haitian-AmericansUnited, Inc. (H.A.U.) in collaboration with several Haitian organizations in the New England area.
On November 23, 2017, a decision is expected to be made regarding extending TPS for nearly 60,000 Haitians for an additional 18 months. These Haitian nationals have been granted the opportunity to live and work in the U.S. as Haiti continues to recover from a number of natural disasters since the 2010 earthquake and a cholera epidemic brought by UN Peacekeepers. Currently, Haiti is suffering from a food crisis, accessibility to clean water, and a loss in housing and infrastructure. To have thousands of Haitians return back to Haiti while the country is recovering and rebuilding can cause more harm than good. An end to TPS will create “a life-threatening humanitarian crisis” and will rip families apart. Read full report HERE
The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, asked member states to allow the UN to re-allocate $40.3 million in leftover funds from previous projects in Haiti to the Haiti Cholera fund. These funds would have an immediate impact in saving lives, according to the Secretary-General. However, none of the five permanent members of the Security Council, including the United States and the United Kingdom, have approved the motion to transfer the funds. Now, the multi-partner cholera trust fund, which has only gathered $2 million, has less than $200 thousand remaining. IJDH’s Brian Concannon: “All the [permanent security council members] spend hundreds of millions of taxpayers dollars on the UN. But the UN is flouting its legal responsibilities towards the people of Haiti on cholera… The underspend idea wasn’t supposed to be the end result, but low-hanging fruit. People in the […]
The Miami Herald Editorial Board is joining in calls for the United States to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians. TPS was first granted for Haitians on January 15, 2010, following the deadly earthquake of January 12. It has been extended continuously ever since but now the expiration date of July 22 is fast approaching with no indication of what will happen next and over 50,000 Haitians at risk of deportation if TPS isn’t extended. Haiti is still reeling from Hurricane Matthew, the UN cholera epidemic and even remaining damage from the 2010 earthquake. The government is in no position to handle deportees. There has been a bipartisan effort to extend TPS with letters signed by: Senators Nelson, Rubio, Schumer and Gillibrand; and Representatives Curbelo, Deutch, Diaz-Balart, Frankel, Hastings, Love, Ros-Lehtinen, Wasserman Schultz and Wilson. Part of the editorial is […]
The United Nations has been unable to move beyond mere promises in its efforts to support cholera victims and alleviate the epidemic in Haiti. After concrete evidence tied the cholera outbreak to infected UN peacekeepers, the UN is only at 2% of its goal to fund “The New Approach” to support Haitian victims and cholera projects. The United States has not joined the efforts, a notable absence after many pleas for contributions from the UN. However, as the Boston Globe Editorial Board writes, “there is still time for the US State Department to assert moral leadership.” The number of infected Haitians continues to climb, and an estimated 30,000 more will be infected this year; there is an urgent need, and cholera victims deserve justice now. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. Haiti is still waiting on promised UN help for cholera […]
In December 2016, after six years of trying to avoid blame for the cholera epidemic it brought to Haiti in 2010, the United Nations apologized for its role and announced a $00 million New Approach to dealing with cholera. Months later, the fund has only raised about $2 million – from voluntary contributions from South Korea, France Chile, India and Liechtenstein. It is now up to a new Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, to make sure the New Approach continues. He “needs to use every bit of skill and good will to compel and cajole member nations and philanthropies to make the cholera campaign succeed — and with it, to settle the United Nations’ moral debt to Haiti.” Part of the editorial is below. Click HERE for the full text. U.N. Accepts Blame but Dodges the Bill in Haiti Editorial Board, The […]