Six years after the deadly cholera epidemic in Haiti began, outgoing United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apologized this week for how the U.N. responded to the crisis. But he did not acknowledge that U.N. peacekeepers started it.
Christmas is a time for giving. Naomie Cesar knows not everyone is lucky enough to receive.
The Welland woman says the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in October is still being felt throughout her home country of Haiti.
One early morning in late October, Bellande Lubin washed her shoes in a river near her home town of Les Cayes, Haiti. She was wearing her favorite pastel pink dress, given to her by her mother. The river, used by the community for bathing, washing clothes and as a latrine, was flooded a month earlier by Hurricane Matthew. Lubin’s in the fifth grade but can’t return to school because it’s being used as a shelter by some of the tens of thousands who lost their homes to the storm.
An advocate for Haiti gave sour and sweet reviews of the United Nations last week for not taking responsibility for the nation’s cholera crisis (sour), while the world body announced a $400 million trust fund (sweet) to aid victims and get rid of the disease. Continue reading “UN Gets Mixed Review for Tackling of Haiti Cholera Crisis”
Survivors of Hurricane Matthew put on their Sunday finest and picked their way through downed power lines to sing praise and pray in ruined churches, while desperation grew in other parts of devastated Haiti and international rescue efforts began ramping up. Continue reading “Haitians Gather For Prayer in Destroyed Churches as Thousands Await Aid After Hurricane”
A small airstrip at the edge of town hums with activity. Aid convoys are arriving from the capital, now that some roads washed out by Hurricane Matthew have been cleared. A barge carrying food and water is moored offshore of this coastal town. Continue reading “International Aid Begins to Move Into Hurricane-Ravaged Haiti”
Hurricane Matthew killed almost 900 people and displaced tens of thousands in Haiti before plowing northward on Saturday just off the southeast U.S. coast, where it caused major flooding and widespread power outages.