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November 26, 2013

U.S.-bound boat of Haitan migrants capsizes

  • 30 Haitan migrants killed in the capsizing of a 40-foot vessel near the Bahamas. 110 more were saved, which speaks to the extreme, tragic dangers of such attempted treks out of Haiti — 140 people packed sailing for nine days, under abysmal conditions, on a dangerously overloaded boat. It capsized after running aground, and left the survivors clinging for hours before discovery by Bahamian authorities and the U.S. Coast Guard. source
20:34 // 10 months ago
October 9, 2013

New lawsuit lays blame for Haitian cholera outbreak on the UN

  • 650K Haitians have been confirmed to be suffering from cholera since October 2010, with more than 8,300 dying as a result; a staggering number in an island nation which hasn’t faced such an outbreak in over a century. Advocates for victims of Haiti’s cholera outbreak have now filed suit against the United Nations, demanding that the organization formally accept responsibility for the outbreak, which they say was caused by sewage contamination from peacekeepers’ barracks. The U.N. says it remains dedicated to eradicating the threat of cholera in Haiti once more, but has suggested that diplomatic immunity shields the organization from prosecution on the grounds of negligence. source
16:15 // 1 year ago
May 13, 2012

Could Haiti’s humanitarian crisis be solved with gold?

  • problem Haiti, which has long struggled with a far-reaching inability to support itself after a major earthquake, has millions of residents who live on as little as $1.25 per day. Its government has a budget of just $1 billion per year — for the entire country.
  • solution One of the side effects of being in an earthquake zone? Lots of precious minerals in the ground. (See California, Chile.) Recently, they found a ton of gold in Haiti and the neighboring Dominican Republic. How much? Potentially $20 billion. Wow. source

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9:51 // 2 years ago
January 13, 2012
Two years later, Haiti continues its slow march towards recovery
Where does haiti stand after the deadly 2010 quake? While about $15 billion of aid money is still missing in Haiti, progress is still being made. “Recovery is here. It is painfully slow, it is agonizing to watch, but it is recovery,” said Harvard professor Paul Farmer. He has spent three decades in Haiti and is opening a new hospital. Big factories could also stimulate the country’s economy, creating 20,000 jobs at just one plant. Progress can also be measured somewhat superficially; HuffPo “Good News” writer Cameron Sinclair finds the silver lining in other ways. He noted the lesser-but-still-positive positives of Haiti, such as its fast WiFi and rich history. (Perhaps that’s looking too hard in the forest to see trees, but y’know.) So, while recovery is still being sought after, it is still coming. And in some ways, it is already here. (Photo by Ken Cedeno / The Washington Post) source
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Where does haiti stand after the deadly 2010 quake? While about $15 billion of aid money is still missing in Haiti, progress is still being made. “Recovery is here. It is painfully slow, it is agonizing to watch, but it is recovery,” said Harvard professor Paul Farmer. He has spent three decades in Haiti and is opening a new hospital. Big factories could also stimulate the country’s economy, creating 20,000 jobs at just one plant. Progress can also be measured somewhat superficially; HuffPo “Good News” writer Cameron Sinclair finds the silver lining in other ways. He noted the lesser-but-still-positive positives of Haiti, such as its fast WiFi and rich history. (Perhaps that’s looking too hard in the forest to see trees, but y’know.) So, while recovery is still being sought after, it is still coming. And in some ways, it is already here. (Photo by Ken Cedeno / The Washington Post) source

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9:43 // 2 years ago
January 7, 2012
All I want is work, and Brazil, thank God, has jobs for us.
Haitian-born Wesley Saint-Fleur • Discussing how, in the wake of 2010’s Haitian earthquake, he and his family moved to Brazil, a quickly-growing part of the world where he’s found it easy to get a job. Not everyone has been so lucky, however: Nearly 4,000 people have moved from Haiti to Brazil since the devastating earthquake in 2010, and many of them have found things just as bad in Brazil. While Brazil’s economic growth has slowed recently, unemployment is still extremely low and the biggest beneficiaries have been those working low-income jobs, where salaries have grown sevenfold in recent years. Even Americans are heading down there for jobs. source (viafollow)
10:09 // 2 years ago
November 28, 2011
mauricecherry:

Wyclef Jean squandered Haitian relief funds: report
“Less than a third of the $16 million gathered in 2010 by hip-hop star Wyclef Jean for earthquake relief in Haiti actually made it to emergency efforts in the country, the New York Post reported on Sunday.
According to the exclusive report, Jean’s charity, Yele Haiti, doled out millions in questionable contracts — in fact, $1 million was paid to a Florida firm that doesn’t seem to exist.”

This, uhh, isn’t good. ”Gone ‘Till November” still is, though, so let’s not forget that.

mauricecherry:

Wyclef Jean squandered Haitian relief funds: report

“Less than a third of the $16 million gathered in 2010 by hip-hop star Wyclef Jean for earthquake relief in Haiti actually made it to emergency efforts in the country, the New York Post reported on Sunday.

According to the exclusive report, Jean’s charity, Yele Haiti, doled out millions in questionable contracts — in fact, $1 million was paid to a Florida firm that doesn’t seem to exist.”

This, uhh, isn’t good. ”Gone ‘Till November” still is, though, so let’s not forget that.

(via mauricecherry)

13:35 // 2 years ago
August 3, 2011
Tropical Storm Emily edges closer to land — including Haiti
Tropical Storm Emily update: Meteorologists predict that Haiti will receive anywhere between 6 to 12 inches of rain, while some mountain regions could receive up to 20 inches. The current path puts the storm closer to the eastern coast of Florida, but after hitting Haiti/Cuba, the track may change. Worth keeping an eye on, guys. source
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Tropical Storm Emily update: Meteorologists predict that Haiti will receive anywhere between 6 to 12 inches of rain, while some mountain regions could receive up to 20 inches. The current path puts the storm closer to the eastern coast of Florida, but after hitting Haiti/Cuba, the track may change. Worth keeping an eye on, guys. source

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21:36 // 3 years ago
April 6, 2011
pantslessprogressive:

Haiti’s presidential candidate Michel “Sweet Micky” Martelly greets supporters after giving a press conference in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Martelly captured nearly 68 percent of the vote in the presidential election runoff, defeating opposition leader and former first lady Mirlande Manigat, according to preliminary election results released Monday night. [Photo: Dieu Nalio Chery/AP]

Now’s a good time to remind everyone that, like Wyclef, Sweet Micky is a pop star. Unlike Wyclef, he is now the president-elect of Haiti.

pantslessprogressive:

Haiti’s presidential candidate Michel “Sweet Micky” Martelly greets supporters after giving a press conference in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Martelly captured nearly 68 percent of the vote in the presidential election runoff, defeating opposition leader and former first lady Mirlande Manigat, according to preliminary election results released Monday night. [Photo: Dieu Nalio Chery/AP]

Now’s a good time to remind everyone that, like Wyclef, Sweet Micky is a pop star. Unlike Wyclef, he is now the president-elect of Haiti.

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18:04 // 3 years ago
April 5, 2011

Michel Martelly: Pa Manyen

(from Pa Manyen)

Wyclef Jean may not have won the presidency in Haiti, but the guy who won is a pop star with 14 albums under his belt — along with an appearance on Clef’s first solo record. Michel Martelly, who also goes by Sweet Micky, won a March 20th runoff, according to results released yesterday. Above is one of Martelly’s biggest hits, “Pa Manyen,” a ditty from the mid-’90s. The cover of the namesake album featured the new president wearing a shirt that says “I DON’T GIVE A SHIT,” which is kind of a bad slogan to be known for if you’re the new president of Haiti. On the plus side, he’s already used to being president — see, he’s long proclaimed himself the “President of Compas.” source

21:13 // 3 years ago
March 25, 2011
Guess who’s the face of Haiti again? That’s right, Sean Penn: Say what you will about the guy, but he stuck with the crisis in Haiti long after everyone else. “As clichéd as it sounds, I think he really gives a damn about the Haitian people,” said one doctor. source Follow ShortFormBlog

Guess who’s the face of Haiti again? That’s right, Sean Penn: Say what you will about the guy, but he stuck with the crisis in Haiti long after everyone else. “As clichéd as it sounds, I think he really gives a damn about the Haitian people,” said one doctor. source

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17:59 // 3 years ago