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Aug 25, 2016 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

U.N. Finally Admits Role in Haiti’s Cholera Outbreak

Cholera victims treated in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Breaking with the organization’s previous stance, the United Nations admitted last week that it played “some role” in the deadly cholera outbreak in Haiti, and that the organization would take action to address the issue in the next two months. At a briefing on Thursday, U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq stated that the U.N. “must do […]

Jul 28, 2016 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Haitian Migration and the Role of the Catholic Church

Father Leandre helps parishioners at refugee camp at Parc Cadeau.

The Haitian migration crisis has exposed major rifts in the Catholic Church. BBC’s Will Grant explained recently how “the Catholic Church has played a key role in the migration crisis with some priests defending the rights of the returnees while others have been criticised for promoting what activists describe as a policy of division.” The […]

Jul 12, 2016 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Haiti and the Dominican Republic’s Refugee Crisis

Human rights crisis as tens of thousands of Haitians deported from the Dominican Republic (Meridith Kohut for NY Times)

Tensions between Haiti and its more prosperous neighbor, the Dominican Republic, have been rocky for decades. The fact that the “mass murder of 9.000 to 20,000 Haitians ordered by the Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo in 1937 remains etched in the minds of Haitians young and old” serves as evidence ( But tensions have grown tremendously […]

Jul 8, 2016 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

U.S. suspends financial support for Haitian elections

Interim President Jocelerme Privert of Haiti (Jamaica Observer)

State Department spokesman John Kirby announced at a news briefing that the United States informed Haiti on July 1 that the U.S. “has suspended its assistance toward the completion of the presidential electoral process.” Kirby stressed that this suspension of assistance does not mean a “reduction in U.S. support for the development of Haiti,” but […]

Jul 5, 2016 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Dozens of public hospitals on strike in Haiti

The health ministry delivered medical supplies to Haiti's biggest public hospital in May, but it failed to end strikes. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

More than a dozen public hospitals have stopped functioning in Haiti due to strikes by resident doctors and other workers. Conditions at public hospitals have been worsening for years, and workers have grown frustrated by a chronic lack of materials in medical facilities and unsafe working conditions that they believe threaten their patients’ lives. Doctors […]

Jul 1, 2016 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Congress Reprimands State Department and U.N. for Inadequate Response to Cholera Epidemic in Haiti

Thousands killed in six-year cholera outbreak in Haiti

On Wednesday, 158 members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary of State, John Kerry, to pressure the Obama administration to reprimand the United Nations for its refusal to assume responsibility for the six-year cholera epidemic in Haiti. Democratic Representative John Conyers Jr. of Michigan stated that the State Department must take action to ensure […]

Jun 29, 2016 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Is the Zika virus in Haiti?

Global health officials worry about the impact of Zika in Haiti. (

When the Zika virus became a widespread epidemic in early 2016, global health officials anticipated with trepidation a Zika explosion in the poor Caribbean country of Haiti. But these fears have yet to materialize. Although Haiti registered 300 infections a week back in February, there are now only 30. And there have been no cases […]

Jun 21, 2016 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Senator bashes Red Cross for lack of transparency with Haiti funds

Where are Red Cross donations for Haiti going?   (Talia Frenkel/AFP/Getty Images)

Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa released a 309-page report criticizing the American Red Cross’s use of donations to help people in Haiti affected by the 2010 earthquake. He found that the Red Cross spent $125m of the money given to the aid body for work in Haiti on fundraising, management, and other costs. The bulk […]

Jun 16, 2016 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Privert Caught in a Web of Political Uncertainty

Jocelerme Privert after becoming Haiti's interim president on February 14, 2016.

Haiti’s National Assembly began discussions on Tuesday as to whether to prolong  Jocelerme Privert’s presidency until the country’s interrupted elections are completed early next year. This is despite the fact that a February 5 political agreement stipulated that Privert’s transitional government would be obliged to step down no later than June 14. In the midst […]

Jun 16, 2016 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

The Soccer Ball Symbolizes Hope and Resilience

In August of 2010, a mere few months after a devastating 2010 earthquake, hundreds of children in Bainet and surrounding districts gathered for the the Hope for Haiti Foundation’s “Haiti Rebirth Soccer Tournament” or “Tournoi de Renaissance.” (2012.Hope for Haiti. Web. 8 June. 2016).

On January 8, 2016, Haiti’s national soccer team faced Brazil in Group B of the prestigious Copa America 2016 tournament. With the “Grenadiers” peak international performance occurring in the country’s lone World Cup appearance in 1974, when the team managed to score a goal in a 3-1 loss against Italy, the likelihood that the team […]