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Former Haitian President Rene Preval Died of Heart Disease

The eagerly anticipated results of an autopsy of former Haitian President Rene Preval showed the leader died in March after a heart irregularity cut off his ability to breathe, officials said on Wednesday.

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Haiti Aims to Revive Military Force as U.N. Peacekeepers Prepare to Leave

Their heads held high and chests puffed out, a group of nearly 100 Haitian men in camouflage fatigues do jumping jacks or march around an abandoned U.N. compound on a recent morning. But after a few drills, they seek shelter from the blazing sun in the absence of anything else to do.

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Haitian-American Author Writes Children’s Book About the Haitian Revolution

BOOK COVERHaitiheFirstBlackRepublicThe issue of self discovery — specifically, when searching for your cultural connection to the world at large — is one reason that Frantz Derenoncourt, Jr. decided to become an author with his freshman book Haiti: The First Black Republic, which is inspired by the true events of the Haitian Revolution (1804). “I think it is vital,” he stated, “to learn as much about our ancestors in this modern world because the school system does not teach our history accurately or completely.”

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Francois Hollande in Haiti to Promise Help from Resented France

French President Francois Hollande is received by the President of Haiti, Michel Martelly in Port-au-Prince on May 12, 2015 (AFP Photo/Hector Retamal)
French President Francois Hollande is received by the President of Haiti, Michel Martelly in Port-au-Prince on May 12, 2015 (AFP Photo/Hector Retamal)

President Francois Hollande arrived in Haiti on Tuesday to boost France’s role in what was once its richest Caribbean possession but is now a desperately poor nation with a bitter colonial legacy. Continue reading “Francois Hollande in Haiti to Promise Help from Resented France”

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5 Years After Earthquake, Haiti Hospital Clings to Hope

A patient is examined in the Dermatology ward of the General Hospital in Port-au-Prince on May 7, 2015, where 21 services are now offered (AFP Photo/Hector Retamal)
A patient is examined in the Dermatology ward of the General Hospital in Port-au-Prince on May 7, 2015, where 21 services are now offered (AFP Photo/Hector Retamal)

In the five years since Port-au-Prince was devastated by an earthquake, staff at Haiti’s largest hospital have had to resort to examining patients in shipping containers.

More than half of the HUEH university hospital in the already desperately poor nation was destroyed in the 2010 disaster that killed more than 200,000 people. Continue reading “5 Years After Earthquake, Haiti Hospital Clings to Hope”