Haiti : 12 January 2011 and Us

Posted on Thursday 6 January 2011

By Ericq Pierre *
Submitted to AlterPresse on 5 January 2011
The anniversary of the earthquake is in one week, on January 12. Never before had Haiti seen so many victims from a single catastrophe in so short a time. Never had Haitians experienced such solidarity, nor received so much attention from abroad and from the international community. So much attention that they never had time to mourn their dead as befitted, with a few rare exceptions. We did not fittingly mourn our dead, because they were too numerous. Because many were still buried in rubble. Because too many people were (...)

Haiti-Elections: Send this mission packing

Posted on Wednesday 5 January 2011

By James Morrell *
Submitted to AlterPresse
The electoral crisis that has now prompted the U.S. and Canadian governments to send a team of six outside experts to conduct a recount sharply underlines the failure of the OAS-Caricom mission to carry out the most rudimentary verification tasks that are inseparable from the nature of an electoral-observation mission. Specifically, while claiming it was present and "closely monitoring" operations at the Tabulation Center, the OAS mission utterly failed to detect the classification as countable of over fourteen thousand evidently fraudulent (...)

Haiti-Cholera : The current outbreak in Haiti is most similar to cholera strains found in South Asia

Posted on Tuesday 2 November 2010

Press release of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Republished by AlterPresse
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI — The Haitian Ministry of Public Health and Population has received the results of laboratory testing showing that the cholera strain linked to the current outbreak in Haiti is most similar to cholera strains found in South Asia. More information about this strain, including the possibility that it might be found in other regions of the world, is anticipated from additional studies. The findings were reported as part of laboratory collaboration between the (...)

Haiti’s 1.3 Million Camp Dwellers Waiting in Vain

Posted on vendredi 15 octobre 2010

By IPS/Haiti Grassroots Watch
Republished by AlterPresse
GRAND GOÂVE, Oct 15 (IPS) - Rosie Benjamin is just one of over 1.3 million people living in Haiti’s 1,354 squalid refugee camps. She and 1,200 others are jammed into 300 tents and plastic tarp-shacks on a soccer field in Grand Goâve.
Like about 70 percent of Haiti’s refugee camps, the residents here are on their own. Apart from water deliveries, they get nothing from the government and the massive humanitarian apparatus on the ground. No food. No jobs. And no news about their future.
"We went to City Hall, we didn’t learn anything. (...)

Disjointed, uncoordinated and likely unworkable plan for Haiti’s 1.3 million camp dwellers

Posted on Thursday 14 October 2010

AlterPresse is part of the Ayiti Je Kale initiative for investigative journalism on reconstruction process
Nine months after the catastrophic earthquake which killed some 300,000 and left 1.3 million homeless, as reports and articles denounce the terrible conditions in Haiti’s 1,354 squalid refugee camps, the new grassroots "reconstruction watch" effort Ayiti Kale Je/Haiti Grassroots Watch – led by AlterPresse and Sosyete Animasyon Kominikasyon Sosyal (SAKS) – decided to look into the issue.
• Is there a plan for resettling the refugees, and if so, what is it?
• Who is in charge?
• (...)

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