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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 (...)

Haiti’s peasantry key to reconstruction

Posted on Sunday 18 April 2010

By Michael Deibert*
Transmitted to AlterPresse on April 16, 2010
When US First Lady Michelle Obama paid a surprise visit to Haiti this week to survey reconstruction efforts after that country’s devastating January earthquake, she set foot in a nation that has been transformed as profoundly as at any time since its 1804 revolution defeated Napoleon’s army and abolished slavery.
In the tremor three months ago, Haiti’s Direction de la Protection Civile estimated that 222,517 people lost their lives, while at least 250,000 were injured. Of the nearly 1.2 million displaced persons, nearly (...)

Haiti-Earthquake : Where’s the Haiti-bound going?

Posted on Monday 12 April 2010

By Beverly Bell and Tory Field
Reprinted by AlterPresse on April 12, 2010
“A sweeping exercise in nation-building on a scale and scope not seen in generations,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the international donors conference on March 31 in New York, where foreign nations and other international institutions pledged $5.3 billion toward Haiti over the next 18 months, of which $1.15 billion comes from the U.S. government. Mr. Ban continued, “Today, we have mobilized to give Haiti and its people what they need most: hope for a new future.”[i]
In an informal survey of citizens’ (...)

Haiti- Reconstruction : Discovery

Posted on Tuesday 6 April 2010

By Cenor Lundi*
Transmitted to AlterPresse on March 30, 2010
In the aftermath of the earthquake and its continuing devastation, crippling the heart and soul of the residents of Haiti and the millions of Haitian abroad, Haiti needs a “Master Plan” to reconstruction our country in order to reach the splendor all Haitians have always envisioned. With the events of January 12th 2010, things have become complicated with respect to health issues, mass migration, and anything related from surviving the crisis to a dysfunctional government. In addition, the great quake of February 27, 2010 in (...)

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 (...)

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