Category Archives: Haiti

Haiti presidential candidates denounce election fraud

BBC

Mirlande Manigat after casting her vote Mirlande Manigat wants the poll to be scrapped

Twelve of the 18 candidates in Haiti’s presidential election have called for Sunday’s vote to be cancelled.  The candidates, including opposition frontrunner Mirlande Manigat, said the polls were fraudulent and favoured the ruling party contender.  Thousands of people marched in Port-au-Prince, demanding that the poll be scrapped, while the UN mission in Haiti expressed its “deep concern”. Continue reading Haiti presidential candidates denounce election fraud

Why I Have Hope for Haiti

YES Magazine

The situation in Haiti is desperate, but social movements aren’t letting that stop them

Residents of a displaced persons camp beat pots and pans to protest a pending eviction.

by Beverly Bell

 

When people ask me, as they do all the time, “Is there any cause for hope in Haiti?” I answer yes.

It’s more tempting to think that the situation is so hopeless that it can’t any worse, especially right now. Last week, Hurricane Tomas brought three days of heavy storms, causing flash floods which washed away farmers’ homes, animals, and crops throughout the island. The storm also left filthy standing water in towns, promising to spread cholera even more rapidly throughout the country. Continue reading Why I Have Hope for Haiti

Haitian Farmers: Growing Strength to Grow Food

Common Dreams

by Beverly Bell

Addressing an ongoing food crisis. Today, even with imports, more than 2.4 million people out of a population of 9 million are estimated to be food-insecure. Acute malnutrition among children under the age 5 is 9%, and chronic under-nutrition for that age group is 24%. Peasant groups are convinced that, with the necessary investment, Haiti could  produce at least 80% of its food consumption needs; and  Promoting a post-earthquake redevelopment plan that serves the needs of the majority, unlike the one currently promoted by the U.S. and U.N. which is based on the growth of sweatshops Continue reading Haitian Farmers: Growing Strength to Grow Food