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Dec 12, 2014 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

A Litter-al Problem

Plastic bottles are not a welcome sight to most vacationers

Despite the fact that the Haitian government outlawed the the importation of  plastic polyethylene bags and polystyrene foam two years ago, the country continues to have a littering problem on both land and sea.  Without an effective waste management system or any major efforts to switch to reusable products, Haitians have taken to discarding garbage in the streets […]

Nov 14, 2014 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Haiti’s LGBTQ Community

Voodoo ceremonies such as these are often open to LGBTQ individuals

On the International Day Against Homophobia, citizens of Port-au-Prince witnessed the previously unlikely sight of a major drag show.  While such displays by the country’s LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) population would have been unheard of a decade ago, the group has become more public and outspoken after numerous sources blamed them for the earthquake […]

Nov 14, 2014 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Art for More Than Its Own Sake

Karan hopes to preserve Haitian culture by bringing the country's art to the rest of the world

American fashion designer Donna Karan is doing her part to support Haitian art and culture.  After traveling to the country following the earthquake four years ago, Karan realized that there was more work to do than provide tents and temporary living quarters for families.  Since then, her Urban Zen Foundation has been helping Haitian artisans […]

Nov 7, 2014 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

“A Slice of Paradise”

More and more people are starting to take note of Haiti's natural beauty and wonder

With the recent decision by American Airlines to offer flights from Miami to the Cap-Haitien, the city in northern Haiti is now receiving a great deal of attention from tourists.  As noted by one tourist, Cap-Haitien is home not only to tremendous history but also incredible natural wonders, such as Mont Joli and Labadie beach.  […]

Nov 7, 2014 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Tragic Weather

Images such as these from Puerto Rico do not do justice to the deadly flooding that took place in Haiti on Wednesday

Reminding all how devastating even non-hurricane force storms can be, heavy rain was responsible for the deaths of 12 individuals in Haiti on Wednesday.  Intense flooding was reported throughout the Caribbean, with at least one another death being reported in another island nation.  The storms have also destroyed some crops and killed livestock in certain […]

Nov 7, 2014 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

And The Award Goes To…

Lahens was in Paris on Monday to receive the award

Haitian author Yanick Lahens received the the Prix Femina (also known as the Femina Prize) under the French-language category on Monday for her novel “Bain de lune.”  The book details the story of three generations of a family reacting to Haiti’s political opportunism and other obstacles.  Lahens, age 61, was born in Port-au-Prince and is […]

Oct 24, 2014 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

No Horsing Around

A collage of the championship winning team in action and receiving the event's trophy

While the sport itself may not receive much fanfare in the international media, Haiti’s national polo team is on a hot streak.  After winning the “PoloSF and Audi Sportscar Experience International Tournament” last August, the Haitian polo team claimed victory once more last week at the South American International Polo Championships in Argentina.  Beating the host […]

Oct 24, 2014 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Reuniting Families

US Representative Frederica Wilson praises the new program

Following a multi-year push from advocacy groups, the Obama Administration has agreed to initiate the Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) Program next year.  The program will help eligible individuals living in Haiti travel to the US to reunite with family members already living in the US as legal citizens and residents in a much more […]

Oct 24, 2014 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

A Legal Obstacle

Beatrice Lindstrom is the attorney representing the  Haitian plaintiffs

While Haitians were certainly not medically immune to the widespread effects of the cholera epidemic, a lawyer representing the US Department of Justice suggested yesterday that the United Nations has diplomatic immunity against any and all lawsuits.  The lawyer presented this argument before a district judge in New York, but she was not the only party involved. […]

Oct 17, 2014 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

More than a Win

Haiti begins the regional World Cup qualifiers on the right foot

Haiti’s women’s national soccer team is in the final stage for qualifying for next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, playing in the CONCACAF Championship against other teams in the region, including the United States, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago.  The Haitian women’s team started the tournament yesterday in a shutout […]