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Haiti-Earthquake : January 12 and Us

Posted on Tuesday 30 March 2010

By Ericq Pierre
Transmitted to AlterPresse on March 30, 2010
At last, I can thank one and all for the solidarity shown toward me and my country. To my friends in Haiti and abroad, at last I can, in turn, express my condolences for the loss of their loved ones and their countrymen living in Haiti. The victims of January 12 belonged to nearly 50 nationalities.
I do not think that the recent history of humanity has seen such a strong outpouring of solidarity at all levels. Everyone or nearly everyone felt like a Haitian after January 12. A kind of active compassion poured out to us from all (...)

The big business of haitian adoption

Posted on Tuesday 23 March 2010

Marie-Thérèse Labossière Thomas
Transmitted to AlterPresse on March 15, 2010
“Over the past 30 years, the number of families from wealthy countries wanting to adopt children from other countries has grown substantially. At the same time, lack of regulation and oversight, particularly in the countries of origin, coupled with the potential for financial gain, has spurred the growth of an industry around adoption, where profit, rather than the best interests of children, takes centre stage. Abuses include the sale and abduction of children, coercion of parents, and bribery.”
UNICEF expresses (...)

Haiti-Earthquake : Human rights concerns

Posted on vendredi 26 février 2010

Human Rights Watch’s press release (February 25, 2010)
Published by AlterPresse on February 26, 2010
The earthquake in Haiti has created a humanitarian disaster of immense complexity that brought a massive humanitarian response. However, integrating human rights concerns into the relief operations is essential to protecting the well-being of Haitian victims, especially women, children, and other vulnerable groups.
The vast majority of settlements sheltering earthquake victims have zero security, Human Rights Watch learned while visiting 15 camps in Port au Prince and Jacmel. Even though (...)

Haiti-Earthquakes : Probability of 80 percent for an earthquake of magnitude 5 or greater in the next 90 days

Posted on Wednesday 24 February 2010

USGS Updates Assessment of Earthquake Hazard and Safety in Haiti and the Caribbean / Released: 2/23/2010
Published by AlterPresse on February 24, 2010
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) issued an update to its Jan. 21, 2010, statement, which includes the aftershock probabilities for the next 30-to-90-day period and for the overall year.
U.S. Geological Survey Director Marcia McNutt asked the team of USGS earthquake scientists to continue to provide an evaluation of the earthquakes facing Haiti now and in the future. Here is the updated statement in its entirety from the USGS:
This (...)

Haiti-Earthquake : More than a month after

Posted on dimanche 21 février 2010

Situation Report on Haiti by Pan American Health Organization
Published by AlterPresse on February 21, 2010
* More than a month after the earthquake, over 300,000 people are suffering from injuries, but there have been no confirmed outbreaks of diseases.
* Health assessments undertaken so far have revealed that 29 hospitals and other health facilities have been partially damaged or destroyed. With the rainy season approaching, mobile clinics are crucial in order to serve those displaced.
* The humanitarian situation is also gradually improving on a daily basis. Some of the (...)

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