Category Archives: Haiti

Haiti: Seven Places Where Earthquake Money Did and Did Not Go

Common Dreams

by Bill Quigley and Amber Ramanauskas

Haiti, a close neighbor of the US with over nine million people, was devastated by earthquake on January 12, 2010. Hundreds of thousands were killed and many more wounded.  The UN estimated international donors gave Haiti over $1.6 billion in relief aid since the earthquake (about $155 per Haitian) and over $2 billion in recovery aid (about $173 per Haitian) over the last two years. Continue reading Haiti: Seven Places Where Earthquake Money Did and Did Not Go

Haiti Open for Business

A demonstrator supporting a unionisation campaign in October holds a sign that says, "Respect the rights of working people." Credit:Ansel Herz/IPS

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Dec 20, 2011 (IPS/Haiti Grassroots Watch) – Ever since being elected earlier this year, Haitian President Michel Martelly and his team have been betting Haiti’s reconstruction on foreign investors.

“We are ready for new ideas and new businesses, and are creating the conditions necessary for Haiti to become a natural and attractive destination for foreign investment,” the new president said at a meeting in New York City last fall.

“The window of opportunity is now,” an aide added. “Haiti has a new president and a new way of thinking about foreign investments and job creation.” Continue reading Haiti Open for Business

Brazilian Senate eases Amazon protection rules

BBC

Brazil is one of the world's biggest food producers

The Brazilian Senate has approved controversial legislation that reforms rules on the amount of land farmers must preserve as forest.

The bill, which now returns to the lower house, also eases fines for some previous illegal clearance if farmers commit to a reforestation programme.

Supporters say Brazil needs land for food production, but environmentalists warn of increased Amazon destruction. Continue reading Brazilian Senate eases Amazon protection rules

Victimized a Second Time: State-Sanctioned Forced Evictions of Haiti’s Displaced Earthquake Survivors

Common Dreams

by Bill Quigley and Lauren Carasik

How did the survivors of Haiti’s earthquake go from being the focus of an historic outpouring of solidarity and support in the days and weeks after the earthquake, to being victimized again – this time by human actions? Continue reading Victimized a Second Time: State-Sanctioned Forced Evictions of Haiti’s Displaced Earthquake Survivors

Wave of Illegal, Senseless and Violent Evictions Swells in Port au Prince

Common Dreams

With nearly 600,000 internally displaced persons still in camps, the scale of Haiti’s homeless problem remains daunting.

by Bill Quigley

Mathias O is 34 years old.  He is one of about 600,000 people still homeless from the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti.  He lives with his wife and her 2 year old under a homemade shelter made out of several tarps.  They sleep on the rocky ground inside.  The side tarp walls are reinforced by pieces of cardboard boxes taped together.  Candles provide the only inside light at night.  There is no running water.  No electricity.  They live near a canal and suffer from lots of mosquitoes.  There are hundreds of families living in tents beside him.  This is the third tent community he has lived in since the earthquake. Continue reading Wave of Illegal, Senseless and Violent Evictions Swells in Port au Prince

Wave of Illegal, Senseless and Violent Evictions Swells in Port au Prince

Common Dreams
With nearly 600,000 internally displaced persons still in camps, the scale of Haiti’s homeless problem remains daunting.
by Bill Quigley
Mathias O is 34 years old.  He is one of about 600,000 people still homeless from the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti.  He lives with his wife and her 2 year old under a homemade shelter made out of several tarps.  They sleep on the rocky ground inside.  The side tarp walls are reinforced by pieces of cardboard boxes taped together.  Candles provide the only inside light at night.  There is no running water.  No electricity.  They live near a canal and suffer from lots of mosquitoes.  There are hundreds of families living in tents beside him.  This is the third tent community he has lived in since the earthquake. Continue reading Wave of Illegal, Senseless and Violent Evictions Swells in Port au Prince

Haitians must lead on human rights

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

“Eighteen months after the January 2010 earthquake, the massive destruction that has affected Port-au-Prince and other cities in Haiti is still very visible,” said UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kyung-wha Kang, at the end of a five-day mission to Haiti. “We cannot expect the humanitarian response to provide solutions to complex human rights issues that have prevailed in Haiti for such a long time.” Continue reading Haitians must lead on human rights

Monsanto in Haiti

Pambazuka News
Beverly Bell
Last spring, Haiti’s minister of agriculture gave agribusiness giant Monsanto permission to ‘donate’ 505 tonnes of seeds to Haiti ‘to support the reconstruction effort’. A year later, Beverly Bell asks what has become of the seeds that Monsanto gave, and ‘how real was the fear of Haitian farmer organizations that the donation was a Trojan horse?’ Continue reading Monsanto in Haiti

The Right to Housing for Internally Displaced Haitians

Common Dreams

by Beverly Bell

While the eyes of the world are on Haiti’s illegitimate elections and the return of the deposed dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, about 1.5 million displaced earthquake survivors continue to live in sub-human conditions. In the absence of large-scale or systemic responses by the government, international community, or aid organizations, progressive civil society organizations are evolving strategies to win the right to housing. “We’re supporting earthquake victims who are organizing themselves to form a social movement to claim their rights, first, for quality housing and, second, against being evicted,” said human rights lawyer Patrice Florvilus. Overall conditions in the camps have not improved since their spontaneous creation a year ago. Continue reading The Right to Housing for Internally Displaced Haitians