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? • (...)

Latin American and Caribbean journalists issue “Austin Declaration” demanding official action on attacks against media

Posted on lundi 20 septembre 2010

Obtained by AlterPresse from Austin, Texas on 20 September 2010
AUSTIN, Texas — Distinguished investigative journalists and members of media support organizations from 20 countries in the Americas and Europe strongly condemned the killings of journalists and attacks on media by organized crime, particularly in Mexico. They insisted that international organizations and governments in the Americas assume their responsibilities to guarantee the rights to life and information that are included in their constitutions.
The “Austin Declaration” was issued by participants of the 8th Austin Forum (...)

Haitian farmers commit to burning Monsanto hybrid seeds

Posted on lundi 17 mai 2010

By Beverly Bell*
Submitted to AlterPresse on May 17, 2010
“A new earthquake” is what peasant farmer leader Chavannes Jean-Baptiste of the Peasant Movement of Papay (MPP) called the news that Monsanto will be donating 60,000 seed sacks (475 tons) of hybrid corn seeds and vegetable seeds, some of them treated with highly toxic pesticides. The MPP has committed to burning Monsanto’s seeds, and has called for a march to protest the corporation’s presence in Haiti on June 4, for World Environment Day. In an open letter sent of May 14, Chavannes Jean-Baptiste, the Executive Director of MPP (...)

Haiti : Lessons for the policy-makers

Posted on Thursday 29 April 2010

By Beverly Bell*
Transmitted to AlterPresse on April 27, 2010
Humanitarian aid initiatives organized by Haitian communities offer respectful, democratic contrasts to the multi-billion dollar aid effort of the international community, much of which is wasted at best and destructive at worst. “Embedded in the local humanitarian responses is the model of a society premised on generosity and dignity,” says a report released today by Other Worlds, “From Disaster Aid to Solidarity: Best Practices in Meeting the Needs of Haiti’s Earthquake Survivors.” The report examines the problems of the (...)

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