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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 […]


Aug 15, 2016 · In Archives · 0

Danticat featured at 16th Annual Library of Congress National Book Festival

Haitian-American novelist and short-story writer Edwidge Danticat will be in Washington D.C. for the National Book Festival. (Photo Credit- Vintage Books & Anchor Books)

Award-winning Haitian-American novelist and short story writer Edwidge Danticat will be 1 of the approximately 120 authors featured at the 16th Annual Library of Congress National Book Festival. The National Book Festival will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, September 24, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and is free […]


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 (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/13/world/americas/fearful-haitian-migrants-flee-dominican-republic-for-camps.html?_r=0). 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 8, 2016 · In Archives · 0

Naomy Grand’Pierre of UChicago to compete for Haiti in the Summer Olympics

Naomy Grand'Pierre

Naomy Grand’Pierre, a sophomore swimmer at the University of Chicago, officially qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. As the daughter of Haitian immigrants, she will be the first female swimmer to compete for Haiti at the Olympic Games. She competed in the 21st Caribbean Island Swimming Championships (CISC) from June 29-July […]


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. (haitilibre.com)

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 · 0

State of education in Haiti

Expanding access to education in Haiti

Since the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that rocked Haiti on January 12, 2010, increased numbers of children have gained access to education in Haiti; now, 90% of primary school-aged children attend school. However, there remain major issues that affect the quality of education that students receive. Firstly, many teachers in Haiti have not received formal training […]