Dispatch from Haiti: Quiet Before The Storm
"For the past five years, I've traveled annually to Haiti. When I first went there as a reporter I ended up staying through an earthquake, a cholera outbreak (and the protests it inspired), and a fraudulent election (plus more protests) over the following two years. I just made another trip there to consult on a research project.
And when I come back to the States, here's what people always ask me:
How are people doing down there? Are things getting any better?"
posted by capnsue
on Mar 27, 2014 -
"The only way to end Haiti’s cholera epidemic is to keep infected waste out of food and water. A subterranean network of pipes, pumping stations, and waste-treatment plants would be the ideal solution, but Haiti’s successive governments have had too little money, power, or will to build massive public works on their own.... International donors have been little help: in one case, the U.S. government, to protest the way an election was conducted, withheld funds to build water and sanitation infrastructure in northern Haiti for more than ten years
. From 1990 to 2008, the proportion of Haitians with access to basic sanitation decreased from 26% to 17%. Cholera broke out in 2010. Four years into the epidemic, a trip to the bathroom for most Haitians still means looking for an open field or wading into a public canal at dawn. Those who can afford to, dig cesspools under outhouses. When the cesspools get full, it’s time to call a man like Leon.
" [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Mar 13, 2014 -
The Walk Free Foundation
has released its latest report on the contemporary slave trade, the Global Slavery Index
(interactive map). As summarized
by Al Jazeera, over 29 million people are in some form of involuntary servitude, ranging from kidnapped fishermen to women forced into prostitution to child brides. The countries with the largest populations of enslaved people include Mauritania
, and Nepal
. Back in 2012, J. J. Gould wrote
on the difficulties in confronting slavery in today's society: In the West, and particularly in the United States, slavery has long settled in the public imagination as being categorically a thing of the past.... It can mean having a harder time recognizing slavery when it's right in front of us.
posted by Cash4Lead
on Oct 17, 2013 -
Thor Holm Hansen, (the Outlaw biker chief, Haitian insurgency catalyst, country singer
, CIA patsy, inventor and porn star promoter who married a coffee heiress,) is disheveled and cantankerous inside his orange prison tunic, and really wants you to know there hadn't been much cocaine. Grenades and women, yes. A briefcase stuffed with $54,000: definitely that. But under no circumstances had there been more than two ounces of cocaine
. (Via) [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Feb 13, 2013 -
“If I had depended on Yéle,” said Diaoly Estimé, whose orphanage features a wall painting of Mr. Jean and his wife, “these kids would all be dead by now.” (SLNYT
posted by Nomyte
on Oct 12, 2012 -
Many have pointed to the debilitating payments that Haiti had to make to France to compensate slave owners at the begining of the country's history as the key reason why it has been mired in poverty ever since - in stark contrast to it's neighbour the Domican Republic. Now there are calls for France to repay $23 Billion
via an open letter
. Of course, the US has had it's own debate
over this sensitive issue for a while now.
posted by helmutdog
on Aug 16, 2010 -
Agence France Presse's slap to photographers.
The AFP sues a photographer after using his photographs illegally: "On Monday, Agence France Presse filed a complaint in the United States District Court Southern District of New York against Haiti-based photographer Daniel Morel. Agence France Presse claims Morel engaged in an 'antagonistic assertion of rights' after the photographer objected to the use by AFP of images he posted online of the Haitian earthquake of 12 January."
posted by chunking express
on May 3, 2010 -
Blood and Milk
is the blog of international development worker and writer Alanna Shaikh
, who consults on global health development and writes for publications such as the UN Dispatch
. Her views, based both on her work in the field and her study & understanding of sociology, international relations, and other such subjects, tend to be contrary to most other opinions on international development: voluntourism isn't helpful
, development work is mired in a culture of nice
, don't bother starting an NGO
(or, if you will anyway, here's how to succeed
), global health doesn't need innovation
, and microfinance is a disappointment
. Also, here's how to tell if your health project is doomed
, and Haiti doesn't need your shoes
(some people vehemently disagree
). Educated well-researched iconoclast, or pessimistic Mary Contrary?
posted by divabat
on Feb 4, 2010 -
is a photojournalist who has worked for The Dallas Morning News, The Los Angeles Times and now works for The New York Times
. His work on a more sports-focused beat in Dallas
lead to his update on athletes from the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics
as part of the 2008 Olympics coverage
. As a photographer with The New York Times, he won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize
for feature photography
, for his first time out on the road, covering campaigns
(narrated slideshow, 3min 19sec). Currently, he is sharing his photos
and writing from Port-au-Prince, Haiti
, which are included in NY Times Lens Blog
(prev. Lens Blog features: 1
). If that's a bit heavy, check his photographers journal
(narrated slide show, 2min 34sec) and his article
on creating double-exposure juxtapositions
from days or weeks of shooting large-form film. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Jan 20, 2010 -
An excellent response to Pat Robertson.
"This Vodou priest is not speaking about divine retribution, as has Pat Robertson. God is not punishing us for disobedience. Erol is speaking about a giant natural rebalancing act, a reaction against human dealings with the ecosystem."
posted by fullofragerie
on Jan 15, 2010 -
Many poor Haitians, driven over the edge by world rising food prices, are now eating cakes of mud, salt and shortening
in order to survive. This article
in the September issue of National Geographic describes how, thanks to history and other factors such as hurricanes, Haiti has lost its ability to feed itself; more than 90% of the country is deforested. The picture caption in the print version, not seen online, uses the word "clay" instead of "dirt". Bill Quigley wrote about the U.S. role in Haiti's food riots
, which claimed six lives last spring.
posted by Melismata
on Oct 10, 2008 -
The Afterlife of American Clothes
. "From 2003 to 2007 [filmmakers Hanna Rose Shell and Vanessa Bertozzi] visited rag yards in Miami, dug through archives in London and Washington, D.C., and traveled to Haiti to see the international secondhand markets for themselves. The result is the recent documentary Secondhand (Pepe)
, which explores the global trade in used clothing."
posted by Knappster
on Aug 17, 2008 -
From the top:
Lula da Silva*
posted by airguitar
on Apr 13, 2006 -