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Jun 16, 2015 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Cholera’s Comeback?

After months of battling cholera, Haiti received a slight reprieve in the epidemic last year.  While the country averaged 30,000 new cases each month in 2011, the number fell to 1,000 cases per month in 1,000.  However, this year has seen a significant increase in cholera cases, with around 1,000 new people contracting the virus […]

Jun 16, 2015 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Red Crosshairs

The American Red Cross is at the center of the Haitian recovery effort's latest controversy

A recent report by NPR and ProPublica is raising serious questions about the work of the American Red Cross in Haiti over the last five years.  The report claims that the Red Cross has only built six permanent houses in Haiti, despite having received nearly $500 million in donations and promising to develop stable housing […]

Jun 16, 2015 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Medical Marvel

Marian and Michelle Dave-Nouche can now enjoy some personal space

For the first time in the country’s history, conjoined twins have been successfully separated on Haitian soil.  Last month, Dr. Henri Ford surgically separated a pair of 6 year old girls who had been connected at their abdomens.  The operation took seven hours to complete but proceeded without any major complications.  Dr. Ford was originally […]

May 18, 2015 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Star Power

The famous singer documented her trip on Instagram

The weekend before Haitian Flag Day, music idol Beyonce visited Haiti to check on the recovery efforts since the 2010 earthquake.  Beyonce made the trip with the United Nations’ humanitarian affairs chief and emergency relief coordinator, Valerie Amos.  The two met with several individuals affected by the earthquake, doctors, and community members before passing out […]

May 18, 2015 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

A Taste of Haiti

Arcade Fire hopes to set Montreal's restaurant scene ablaze

The band Arcade Fire has had a special relationship with Haiti for several years, including a performance during Carnival and the incorporation of traditional Haitian music in their 2013 album.  Now the band is attempting to bring Haitian cuisine to new consumers.  With help from a pair of Toronto restaurateurs (Roland Jean and Jen Agg), […]

May 18, 2015 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Historic Visit

French President Francois Hollande made a rare trip to Haiti last week

The President of France, Francois Hollande, visited Haiti last week following centuries of bad blood between the countries.  Originally a French slave colony, Haiti was forced to reimburse France in 1825 for lost profits after the Caribbean nation achieved independence.  President Hollande expressed regret over the past and condemned France’s history with slavery, but he […]

May 3, 2015 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Award Season

Meet one of Haiti's foremost environmentalists

Jean Weiner, a marine biologist from Haiti, is the latest winner of the Goldman Environmental Foundation prize.  Weiner was given the prestigious award for his efforts to create Haiti’s first marine protected area in the bays of Limonade, Caracol and Fort LibertDe, which have been deeply affected by over-fishing.  He also worked to support sustainable […]

May 3, 2015 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Questionable Outcome

President Martelly's ties to the accused kidnappers is raising questions

The US government is concerned with the speedy results of a court case in Haiti.  Woodly Ethéart and Renel Nelfort had been indicted for kidnapping and accused of leading a gang responsible for money laundering, kidnapping, and murder, but the judge presiding over the case dropped the charges soon after the judicial process began.  This […]

May 3, 2015 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Echoes of Haiti in Nepal

A scene from the destruction in Nepal

Five years after Haiti’s devastating earthquake, Nepal is facing a similar crisis.  The death toll in Nepal (currently estimated at over 7,000) is only a fraction of the number of lives lost in Haiti in 2010, but the rush to send and difficulties to provide aid to one of the poorest countries in the world […]

Mar 19, 2015 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Keeping the Peace

Now that elections are scheduled, who will ensure they proceed without incident?

Haitians have had a tense relationship with UN peacekeepers over the years, but now the Haitian government is asking the UN to delay a troop withdrawal scheduled to take place over the next three months.  The Haitian government believes the extra peacekeepers will be needed as the country approaches its recently scheduled national and local […]