Violent protests erupt in Haiti over preliminary presidential results
3 Syrians with Fake IDs Detained in St. Maarten, came on an Insel Air flight from Haiti
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
NOV. 21, 2015
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten — Three Syrians traveling with fake Greek passports are being held in the Dutch Caribbean island of St. Maarten, authorities said, while officials in the Central American nation of Honduras reported detaining a Syrian and two Pakistanis traveling by bus Saturday.
The St. Maarten public prosecutor’s office said that the three Syrians were detained Nov. 14 and that an investigation was still trying to determine their identities and how and where they obtained the fake documents. Officials said they did not believe the Syrians are tied to any terrorist groups and had not asked for asylum.
Honduran officials said a Syrian woman and two Pakistanis were detained after they crossed into the country by bus from Nicaragua.
Police spokesman Anibal Baca told The Associated Press that authorities were looking for any links between the trio and five Syrian men who were detained in Honduras’ capital Tuesday for traveling with passports allegedly stolen in Greece. Four of those five apparently were students.
Immigration officials were investigating to determine the validity of the travel documents presented by the three people detained Saturday, and the prosecutor’s office said Interpol had been asked for help in checking their identities.
Kathya Rodriguez, director of immigration in Costa Rica, said the five Syrians held in Honduras did not appear to have any terrorist links. She said they entered Honduras from Costa Rica, after stops in Lebanon, Turkey, Brazil and Argentina.
In St. Maarten, prosecutor spokesman Norman Serphos told the AP that the three men being held there had arrived on an Insel Air flight from Haiti. Officials said the Syrians had traveled from Europe to Brazil, then gone to the Dominican Republic and Haiti before entering St. Maarten. It was unclear where they were headed.
Landmark Haiti Elections Go Ahead Without Violence
Reprinted from Vice News
By Jake Johnston
October 26, 2015
After violence and fraud marred legislative elections in August, voting was significantly smoother throughout the country as Haitians went to the polls to elect a new president on Sunday. A total of 142 mayoral positions were also up for grabs, and second round elections were held for deputy and senate seats where the vote had not been cancelled in August.
“Decisions were taken to increase the security,” which led to a decrease in violent incidents, said the head of the Organization of American States observation mission, Celso Amorim, expressing his satisfaction with the process thus far. Heavily armed, masked police officers were visible throughout the day in Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince and surrounding communities.
Of 119 races for deputy, 25 had to be re-run after voting centers were ransacked or votes were thrown out due to fraud in the chaotic August vote. In three of Haiti’s ten departments, final senate results were postponed pending the outcome of the electoral reruns. But on Sunday, only 8 centers were closed, according to the government.
Haiti has had no parliament since a political crisis sparked its dissolution last January, meaning the legislative vote is crucial. Haitians are also hoping the new president can bring an end to the poverty and chaos that plague the poorest country in the Americas.
Prime Minister Evans Paul took to the radio in the afternoon to congratulate the police on the improvements. Criticized for passivity during the last election, the police took an active roll in maintaining order in polling centers.
Around 15,000 officers and United Nations (UN) peacekeepers were on duty, reported the BBC. The UN said 224 arrests were made, including a candidate for the lower chamber of Deputies and two Haiti National Police officers. In Cap-Haitien, Haiti’s second largest city, an individual was arrested with 73 voter ID cards.
The head of the electoral council, Pierre Louis Opont, thanked the police for learning from August’s experience. “Today the police were up to the task,” he said. Opont called on political parties to remain calm and show patience while the votes were tallied.
Bruny Watson, a voter in the Cite-Soleil neighborhood, said he didn’t vote in August “because there was too much violence,” but he was determined to cast his ballot for president on Sunday. Turnout was a paltry 18 percent in the first-round election legislative election, but Amorim cited reports from observer teams throughout the country that indicated a significantly higher turnout this time around.
US congressional representatives John Conyers (D-MI), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Frederica Wilson (D-FL) were also in Haiti to observe the vote. The US has contributed $30 million to an electoral process that is expected to cost more than $70 million.
The three were among 61 members of congress to write to Secretary of State John Kerry to “send a clear message to the Haitian government underscoring the need to guarantee the security of voters.”
“What I saw today filled me with optimism about the future of Haiti,” Rep. Conyers told VICE News. The youth of Haiti had filled the polling booths, both as workers and voters, he said, adding that the majority “approached the process with seriousness and goodwill to support the democratic process.?”
Still, problems cropped up throughout the day. Many centers were late to open and in some areas Haitians were unable to find their names on voter lists. In some cases, there simply was nowhere to vote.
In Wharf Jeremie, one of the largest polling centers in August was simply gone, leaving residents unsure of where they were supposed to vote. Building 2004, another large voting center, was also non-existent on Sunday.
In Canaan, a sprawling hillside slum home to hundreds of thousands of people, including many of those displaced from the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti nearly six years ago, voters sometimes had to travel miles to the nearest voting center.
Once again, political party monitors were a source of tension and possible fraud. At 6am a long line had already formed outside the Horace Etheard voting center in the Solino neighborhood. In Haitian elections, political parties’ representatives, called mandataires, are allowed to monitor the vote inside polling centers. More than 100 were in line jockeying for position before the doors even opened.
One monitor was arrested at the Dumersais Estime voting center. Police caught him with two passes from two different political parties. Monitors were also witnessed exchanging passes outside centers, hoping to have multiple people vote with the same pass.
In another center, a monitor was kicked out after voting three times, according to poll workers. Some were not there to monitor at all. “They paid me to be a mandataire,” one monitor from the Fusion party commented, “but I’m voting Fanmi Lavalas today,” he said, while milling about outside a voting center.
Unlike in August when the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) failed to distribute enough accreditation passes to every party and allegations of favoritism were heard throughout the day, on Sunday, monitors from a plurality of parties were present and appeared to outnumber voters at many centers in the capital, occasionally overwhelming poll workers.
Because of the additional police forces expected to be present, many observers were optimistic that election day itself would be improved from August, yet pointed out that that is not the end of the process.
“It was better than August 9, but at the same time we must be very careful when it comes to the counting of votes and what happens at the tabulation center over the coming weeks,” said Pierre Esperance of the National Human Rights Defense Network (RNNDDH). RNDDH is part of a coalition of civil society groups that had more than 1,800 observers present throughout the country.
As night fell on Sunday, poll workers and political party monitors were still counting votes at the 13,725 voting booths throughout the country.
Preliminary results are not expected until at least November 3, though many expect it to take even longer as votes are collected from rural areas throughout the country and brought to the central tabulation center in Port-au-Prince. There, technicians will determine which votes count and which are discarded due to fraud or other irregularities.
Haiti’s electoral decree bans the publication of any results until an official announcement is made. The transparency and perceived fairness of the counting process is likely to be the ultimate test of the election’s success.
Though public opinion polling in Haiti is notoriously unreliable, most observers agreed that the presidential race had come down to a handful of frontrunners out of the field of 54. A total of 128 political parties are fielding candidates for all the seats and positions being elected.
Swiss-educated mechanical engineer Jude Celestin, who was eliminated from the 2010 presidential race after international pressure, is expected to perform well in the presidential election. Current president Michel Martelly’s handpicked successor Jovenel Moise, who owns a banana exporting business, and outspoken government critic Moise Jean Charles are also expected to come out on top.
On the campaign’s final day, twice-ousted former president Jean Bertrand Aristide made a rare appearance to campaign with Fanmi Lavalas candidate Dr Maryse Narcisse, giving supporters hope that Haiti may elect its first female president. No candidate is expected to achieve enough votes to avoid a run-off on December 27.
“Today the Haitian people have exercised their right to vote,” the ex-senator and presidential candidate Moise Jean Charles told VICE News. “I hope that the CEP will respect their vote, and we wait for the results. Myself, as a candidate with a progressive vision for our country, hope to have gained the country’s confidence to begin working on the social and economic changes that Haiti needs.”
But while most eyes were on the presidential race, the effects of the electoral debacle in August on legislative races will have a significant impact on the next government. Local human rights groups have raised concerns about candidates who were involved in electoral violence and fraud yet were not sanctioned or kicked out of the race. No party is likely to obtain a majority of seats, leaving a divided government no matter who wins the presidency.
Jake Johnston is a research associate at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) in Washington DC. He is the lead author for CEPR’s Haiti: Relief and Reconstruction Watch blog. Follow him on Twitter: @JakobJohnston
Haiti News Flash: Violent Clashes in Cité Soleil
Cité Soleil experiencing again hours of violence. Friday morning, armed groups clashed particularly in Project Drouillard and Bois Neuf, neighborhoods that families have deserted fearing for their lives.
Friday in Bois Neuf at least two people were executed in an inter-gang conflict. Throughout the day gunshots were reported. Faced with what looked like an urban guerilla the Brigade of Operation and of Departmental Intervention (BOID), a specialized unit newly formed of the Haitian National Police (June 24, 2015 http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-14314-haiti-security-boid-a-new-specialized-police-brigade.html ) intervened in force later in the day, n several neighborhoods to restore order particularly in Fort Dimanche, Belekou and Boston where several shootouts broke out between the security forces and gunmen.
According to witnesses, the forceful intervention of BOID would have caused many casualties in the ranks of gangs. Several ambulances have transported many bodies at the Hospital of the State University, several people dead and many injured.
In the evening, in Projet Drouillard where BOID has also intervened more than a hundred people have been arrested.
It was reported to us that several houses were burned and motorcycles.
So far no official record of the PNH was provided on those events.
Reprinted from HL/ HaitiLibre
Charity Works to Save Young Haitian Lives
By Jessie Moniz Hardy for the Royal Gazette
Haitian teenager Jean Berry has trouble sleeping. His home in Port-au-Prince has no gate and crime is rife. kosovo . The only time he feels truly safe is at his school, run by American charity HaitiChildren. He is learning maths and French, subjects which he thinks will help him find a job in a big company when he grows up.
Bermudian Robin Hamill, president of HaitiChildren, believes that children like Jean are the way forward for Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world. The charity runs an orphanage, three schools, a feeding programme and clinics. Their work touches more than 5,000 Haitians a year.
“[Founder] Susie Krabacher and I believe, firmly, that Haiti will not be lifted up based on any amount of foreign aid,” said Mr Hamill. “It has to come from within. It has to come from kids who have been educated and taught really good values. We believe we are raising Haiti’s future business leaders, spiritual leaders and community leaders.”
He got involved with the charity last year, and became its president in February. Mr Hamill went to Washington DC with HaitiChildren earlier this year to lobby policymakers to pay more attention to elections in the Caribbean nation.
“It’s not really our mission,” he said, “but it’s very important. When the country is in turmoil, more children end up in our hands as orphans.”
August elections were plagued with low voter turnouts and violence. Mr Hamill hopes a second set of elections next month will go better. The role is a big change for the businessman. The former eMoo CEO and Merrill Lynch Reinsurance Solutions Ltd president grew dissatisfied with the corporate world six years ago. It was then that he and his wife Shelly and their three teenagers left Bermuda for Aspen, Colorado. He met HaitiChildren’s Mrs. Krabacher and her husband, Joseph, in a Bible studies group while there.
“With my work in Haiti, the bottom line is that very young children will die unless we do our jobs well,” said Mr Hamill. “My paycheque may be looking smaller now, but the job is very satisfying.” The position comes with its own special perks, including a flood of birthday greetings from his young clients when he turned 50 earlier this month. “To open my e-mail and see that was very moving,” he said.
He now handles the charity’s American operations, and co-runs the rest with the Krabachers. He spends a week each month in Haiti monitoring the organisation, courting potential donors, and getting to know HaitiChildren Village’s 130 orphans. Many of them are disabled.
“In voodoo culture, children with physical disabilities are often viewed as imperfect and cursed,” Mr Hamill said. “Many of our children were left somewhere to die.”
The orphanage is located in Williamson, 30 miles northwest of Port-au-Prince. The charity’s 17 acres of land includes residential care buildings, a school, a chapel with office space, a generator, a guard tower, security gate with perimeter security walls and two water wells. A 10,000-gallon per day water filtration system is open to the community daily, and provides clean water for 150 families. The HaitiChildren Learning Academy hosts 250 students, including 40 orphans in the morning and in the afternoon acts as a trade and technical school. HaitiChildren is hoping to send some of its older residents to Cuba to university when they graduate high school. The charity also runs a school in Cité Soleil, a violence-plagued slum in Port-au-Prince. The area’s 500,000 residents are packed into 25 square miles.
“One of our schools has about 225 students,” he said. “The students’ homes often have no electricity, running water or sanitation. The lunch they receive at school might be their only meal for the day. Many of them have family members involved in gangs, and they protect us. Often, if there is about to be a gunfight, the school will get a call warning teachers to get the children to safety.” Two police officers were killed near the orphanage this week. Visiting the area can be dangerous and employees of HaitiChildren often travel with armed security guards.
“My family do worry about me,” said Mr Hamill. “There’s no guarantee, but I try to be as careful as possible.”
Sometimes danger comes from unexpected quarters. In 2010, Haiti was rocked by a catastrophic 7.0 earthquake and part of the orphanage collapsed.
“It is estimated that 223,000 people were killed instantaneously in Haiti,” said Mr Hamill. “Thirty-two of our orphans were missing after the quake. Susie immediately flew from the United States to the Dominican Republic to buy supplies and then drove over the border into Haiti to help. Most of the children were found, but six were killed in the earthquake.”
Bipartisan Group of Senators Call for Free and Fair Elections in Haiti
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Ed Markey (D-MA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) are urging President Obama to collaborate with the international community to ensure the Haitian people have the ability to freely and fairly elect their leaders.
In a letter to President Obama, the Senators highlighted the assistance the United States provided the Haitian government to rebuild the country after the devastating earthquake in 2010. Due to corruption and a lack of good governance, the Haitian government is long-overdue for free and fair elections. As parliamentary and presidential elections near, there are serious concerns about whether these elections will be inclusive and transparent.
“The United States has invested almost four billion dollars in relief aid in Haiti since the devastating 2010 earthquake,” wrote the Senators in a letter to President Obama. “If long-term political and economic stability are to be achieved, it is imperative that the United States work with Haitian officials to promote good governance, uphold democratic values, and ensure that the Haitian people have the ability to freely select their own leaders.
“We request that your administration join with the Organization of American States and other international organizations to support electoral monitoring and observation in Haiti. We also request a detailed update about what your administration is doing to promote free and fair elections in Haiti.”
The 2010 elections in Haiti were marred by reports of fraud, violence, voter intimidation, violations of electoral laws, illegal exclusion of political parties and candidates, and problems with the composition of the electoral council. Municipal elections have been delayed since 2011 because President Martelly and opposition parties have failed to agree on terms, and Constitutionally mandated parliamentary elections were delayed in 2012. Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe resigned amid anti-government protests in December 2104, and the following month the terms of the majority of Haitian members of parliament expired.
Senators David Perdue (R-GA), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Ed Markey (D-MA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) are members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
Photos of Senator Perdue in Haiti:
HaitiChildren appeal to Senate Foreign Relations
The following is a letter that was sent by our HaitiChildren CEO and President to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in response to the hearing that was held on Wednesday, July 15th regarding an Overview of U.S. Policy Towards Haiti Prior To The Elections. You can view the hearing here.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Sub-Committee on Western Hemisphere
423 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-6225
July 17, 2015
Dear Chairman Rubio and Subcommittee Members:
We are executive officers of an American non-governmental organization specializing in the care, education and defense of poor children in Haiti. Over the past 21 years, we have invested more than $35 million in quality facilities, staff and programs in Haiti. Our schools have 1300+ students and our food-and-water programs benefit more than 5000+ every day. We also provide community programs including complimentary medical assistance, seminars, Public Service Announcements (to encourage and assist families in keeping their children), and other support for local villagers.
Earlier this year, we met in Washington with the national security advisors of Senator Perdue and Senator Gardner, and we talked via teleconference with your staffers Jamie Fly and Viviana Bova. The subject was our concern for the wellbeing and fate of Haitian children if the current cycle of elections there are not “fair and free.” Any problematic candidate certification, campaigning, registration, balloting, counting, reporting and/or transition to a new administration will result in widespread unrest, disruption and damage. A consequence is that our humanitarian work will become more difficult, dangerous and expensive, if not impossible, for an indeterminate period of time.
That is why earlier this week we watched with intense interest the webcast of your hearing on the status of American-Haitian relations, including the upcoming election cycle.
We understand from the webcast that the United States has committed and intends to expend $50 million for undisclosed activities relating to the elections. Anything short of transparency about American involvement in the Haitian election season is exceedingly important. We hope that you and your subcommittee members will insist upon full disclosure of the allocation of that money, who will receive and use the money, for what purposes and with what expected results, and that all the information will be included in the record of your hearing.
We are concerned that there will not be adequate security forces in place at the polls and at polling centers where ballots are tabulated. Our sources indicate that nearly 50,000 trained security forces will need to be in place on Election Day. Special Coordinator for Haiti Thomas Adams testified 5,000 security forces will be in place on Election Day. At minimum, there should be sufficient armed security at each and every polling station effectively to remove the likelihood of untoward voter influence and intimidation, discouragement or outright blocking of access. Hence we ask that security, assurances and related protocols be addressed as part of your hearing record.
We were heartened to hear Senator Boxer’s line of questioning regarding the restavek practice that is so pervasive in Haitian culture. If Senator Boxer was concerned by this, we hope that she and the rest of your committee will see fit to hold a subsequent hearing on that topic, with a suitable number of authoritative witnesses. Senator Rubio, we are grateful for the opportunity to share this submission with your committee. We are grateful for your interest in Haiti. Needless to say, we and others will not be satisfied with anything less than a Triple-A rating on American foreign policy and aid effectiveness in Haiti. We count on you to help raise the current low rating. Please count on us to assist you where desired.
CEO | Haiti Children/HaitiChildren
President | Haiti Children/HaitiChildren
VICE on HBO Reports on White Savior Charitable Industrial Complex in Haiti
April 25, 2015 | Article written by Ezili Dantò
On Friday night, April 24, 2015 while Fox News aired their Haiti expose about how the Clintons used Haiti earthquake funds to enrich themselves, HBO aired a VICE investigation to find out what happened to the $10 billion in aid collected. The 1.5 million people made homeless after the earthquake are worst off today than they were before the earthquake. They were mostly reshuffled out of the tents, repeatedly evicted into one horrible squalor after the other. The VICE segment explains how the $10 billion in aid made the privileged foreigner, richer.
Read below the article, written by Rick Cohen, for Non Profit Quarterly reviewing VICE on HBO’s report about the charity industry and the US government’s bipartisan aid racket in Haiti. Not that VICE’s mealy-mouthed coverage is this clear. There’s a USAID female spewing the same old line about Haiti not having the capacity to absorb aid. But she tells how USAID’s structural directives are to spend aid monies with US companies. No one focuses. No one mentions that making a market for US companies in Haiti means the US continually destroys local capacity, privatizes Haiti assets so that Haiti will perpetually depend on aid, that in turn, keeps USAID workers and subcontractors in cushy Ol’ Dixie jobs and lifestyle.
The latest news is that only 15% of the monies raised by the Clinton Foundation went to charity. A whopping 85% went for salaries, travel and benefits. Considering these revelations, Clarice Feldman, writing in The American Thinker, wrote: “The only questions remaining are when will she drop out of the race and can we expect a thorough investigation of the Foundation with appropriate consequence.”
The VICE segment analyzes what happened, uhmm “scientifically, by the numbers” without ever focusing on the elephant in the room – that foreign aid to Haiti is also a slush fund for US empire building. It’s a US tool for warfare, where spies and intelligence agents work at NGOs to carry out the policies of the Council on Foreign Relations and Trilateral Commission. It’s subterfuge, sabotage and blatant economic slavery, dished out by the Bush and Clinton dynasties and their Hollywood friends, as building Haiti back better. “Better,” that is, in the white gaze. For the white psyche.
The white supremacist system loves to report on how awful life is for Haitians. Never mind that they created the conditions for all the slums in Haiti, in order to live off of it.
Site Soley, for instance, was created in the 1980s because of the sweatshop hoax and US policies. The unrest there, partly became the pretext for the 2004 US marine invasion, later outsourced to the UN. The earthquake slums that are allowed to fester, like Canaan, give the West a permanent job in peacekeeping, private security and drug dealing to heal the sicknesses associated with such squalor living conditions. That’s why the quake monies failed to build good homes, sanitation, clean water and infrastructure for the Haiti victims. (See also, Western Aid to Africa a Smoke Screen For ‘Looting’ The Continent.)
White folks have increased their good living and presence in Haiti in direct proportion to the unendurable misery and apartheid they are institutionalizing. After the US occupation began in 2004, the US tunneled and drilled, on the earthquake fault-line. They built the largest Embassy compound in the Western Hemisphere in tiny Haiti. It’s the fourth largest US Embassy in the world.
Someone said to me yesterday “how did Haitians let this happen without saying anything?” I write, for the record that, Haitians did speak up. Many lost their lives and freedom fighting to stop the sweatshop hoax, the US-trained militarized police and the heinous charitable industrial complex‘s greedy rampage. We pointed out that foreign aid and the crisis caravan is meant to cripple. It’s corporate welfare for the Bill Gates and Bill Clinton Foundations, just as it’s been for the Rockefeller and Carnegie foundations. It’s the white men’s way of projecting himself as a benevolent Cecile Rhodes while gorging on Black blood, lands and resources. It’s a deadly depopulation scheme but no news outlet will tell you this. But the evidence is clear. USAID has formally been in Haiti for over 50 years, it’s net assistance to Haiti is zero. Haitians lived way better before it arrived.
Historically, Haiti has been a fiscal paradise for the White Savior Charitable Industrial Complex, otherwise known as the NGOs, the non-for-profits and the UN “peacekeepers.” Haitians put together a 14-Points For a Return of Haiti’s Sovereignty and for Disaster relief, Rebuilding with Human Rights, Healing and Dignity. But we were drowned out by the Hollywood/State Department propaganda about the non-racist, good-hearted, “US democracy bringers” to Haiti!
At the Free Haiti Movement we exposed, from day one, that US aid to Haiti is money laundering for the super rich. If, the centers of power had listened, there would be no cholera in Haiti, no ten thousand cholera deaths, no World Bank plundering of Haiti mining, no Clintons absconding with 10 billion in aid meant for sick and homeless. HLLN wrote: Go home US military: Haiti doesn’t need anymore pain.
But Black death and carnage always helps a white campaign for electoral office, or to ride out a world recession or to sell US newspaper and TV adds. Neither Vice News nor Fox News have yet found their way to understanding that Haiti is one of the LEAST violent places in the Western Hemisphere and that the UN MINUSTAH troops are the AFRICOM of the Western Hemisphere.
It will take maybe another 5 years for them to get there. To even begin to examine how Barack Obama installed dictatorship in Haiti.
Five years ago, while enduring the most unimaginable grief – 316,000 Haitians dead in 33 seconds – most thinking Haitians knew the Clintons, the Bushes, the sell-out Black misleadership in the US and the white charitable industrial complex would come to feed on the sick and traumatized Haiti survivors. We anticipated their fake benevolence, self-serving hero spiels and the many books that would be written about the sacrificing white guy, gal or foreigner who would rush in to “save” the Black woman’s child. Their rapist UN soldiers provided the fraudulent legal framework for the plunder. But that wasn’t enough. As the Fox News and HBO-Vice segments show, Haiti pain can now be used as a campaign tool by the US duopoly to attain or keep political power in the United States, by using failed Haiti reconstruction to bash in the heads of their political rivals. It’s not about ending US imperialism and racism towards Haiti.
Haiti has barely survived the last 100 years of US imperial tyranny, bullying and containment in poverty. The second US military occupation of Haiti has been outsourced to the UN and to US Private Military Security Contractors for over 11 years now. It’s time again to go on record and say: Haiti doesn’t need false US charity, but justice.
Go home Pamela White, go home Hillary Clinton, go home Samantha Powers. Go home cholera-infected UN rapists. Go home Chemonics. Go home Jim Yong Kim, Ban Ki Moon. Go home foreign pedophiles. Go home USAID. Go home US military. Haiti does not need any more pain. Indict, don’t elect another Bush or Clinton.
“…yesterday I died again. We’re traumatized, bruised and bloodied. But we’re still here because we can handle this and all that we know is still to come as we’re ‘rescued’ some more.” — Go home US military: Haiti doesn’t need anymore pain.
Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network (HLLN) and Free Haiti Movement
“The West has two faces. One evil.”
Haiti-Security: A situation of terror reigns within religious communities…
The Platform of Haitian human rights organizations (POHDH) is deeply concerned over the increase in acts of insecurity in the country, indicating that no individual or sector is spared, POHDH stressed that religious communities have become the target of armed bandits for some time (link) [an aggression on average every 4 days since November 16, 2014].
List of aggressions:
- Montfort Institute for Deaf Children of the Daughters of Wisdom in Croix-des-Bouquets Montfort Institute for Deaf Children of the Daughters of Wisdom in Croix-des-Bouquets ;
- The Little Sisters of St. Teresa in Boucan-Carré on November 16, 2014 – to Marfranc on December 18, 2014 – Vieux-Bourg d’Aquin on January 20, 2015 and February 4, 2015 in Mirebalais ;
- The Daughters of Mary in Croix-des-Bouquets in the nights of 16 to 17 and from 21 to 22 January 2015 ;
- The Sisters of St. Joseph of Saint-Vallier in Saint-Raphaël on 26 and 29 January 2015 ;
- The Daughters of Mary Immaculate Queen in Saut-d’Eau, on December 3, 2014 ;
- The Sisters of Charity of St. Louis in Petite Riviere de l’Artibonite, on December 8, 2014 ;
- Missionary Sisters of Christ-Roi in L’Estère, on the night of 11 to 12 December 2014 ;
- Missionaries of the Immaculate Conception in Dubuisson, on 27 December 2014 ;
- Little Sisters of the Incarnation in Pandassiou in Hinche, on the night of 19 to 20 January 2015 ;
- The Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi in Maniche, 30 on January 2015 ;
- Franciscan auxiliary in Latremblay, Croix-des-Bouquets, on February 6, 2015 ;
- The Sisters of Wisdom in Kenscoff, on February 9, 2015 ;
- The servants of the Sick in Marin, on February 21, 2015 ;
- Little Sisters of the Incarnation in Pandassiou, Hinche, on February 22, 2015 ;
- The Sisters of the Holy Union in Saint Michel de l’Attalaye, on February 23, 2015 ;
- The site of the Charismatic Renewal in Tabarre in the night of 27 to 28 February 2015 ;
- The Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul in Sibert, on March 4, 2015 ;
- The Daughters of Mary Verrettes, on March 5, 2015 ;
- Benedictine Monks and Christian Brothers attacked in the street. And recently, on March 14, 2015, the rector of the University of Notre Dame d’Haiti, Mgr Pierre-André Pierre was attacked by gunmen in Delmas 33 ;
- On March 15, the Boucan-Carré Sisters were attacked ;
- On March 16, the Sisters of Thomazeau were violently attacked.
“The gravity of these acts experienced by religious and communities lies not only in their repetitive nature, but also the torture and humiliation inflicted to the victims,” said the Haitian Religious Conference (CHR), which describes a “situation of terror who reigns today within religious communities.” The victims are asking the justice to play its role in addressing this situation of growing violence (link).
Pastor Sylvain Exantus, President of the Protestant Federation of Haiti (FPH) “expresses its profound solidarity with the Catholic Church in general and victims of these odious acts in particular. He also took the opportunity to encourage the National Police to be more vigilant and seek the perpetrators and bring them to justice. Furthermore, the FPH urges all components of Haitian society, especially the Christian churches, schools, training center and directors of conscience to continue to teach the universal Christian values: the practice of justice, respect for life, respect for the human person, caring, active solidarity and respect for the property of others.”
For its part, the Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince has assimilated to a plot to destroy the Catholic Church in Haiti, the multiple attacks against religious congregations in many parts of the country. Mgr. Guire Poulard, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Port-au-Prince, wondered on whether to close the congregations where the safety of men and women religious is not assured.
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HaitiChildren Welcomes Robin Hamill as New President
MERCY & SHARING | PRESS RELEASE
Media Contact: Robin Hamill, President. Ph: 1970-925-6520
Aspen, Colorado. February 18, 2015, HaitiChildren announces the appointment of Robin Hamill to the position of President effective February 1, 2015.
Robin Hamill has joined HaitiChildren as it’s President. Robin, 49 years old, has over thirty years of experience in philanthropic work, the majority of it in fund development. Robin retired from the reinsurance and technology industries five years ago having moved to Aspen in the Fall of 2009. Since that time Robin has been actively involved in the Aspen Education Foundation (“AEF”) the last three years as it’s volunteer President. Under Robin’s leadership AEF has generated over $10M of funding for the Aspen School District.
Susie Krabacher, co-founder of HaitiChildren, will assume the newly created position of CEO of HaitiChildren effective February 1, 2015.
Commenting on the appointment of Robin, Susie said, “My husband Joe and I are thrilled to have attracted someone with extensive business and not-for-profit experience to HaitiChildren. This appointment represents our commitment to creating sustainability for the organization for a very, very long time. Robin is a pro and our team is thrilled to welcome him aboard!”
Robin commented, “What Joe and Susie have created in HaitiChildren is unbelievably inspirational. From its humble beginnings twenty years ago HaitiChildren now provides full time care to 128 abandoned children, educates over 1,200 students every day and provides nutrition and/or water to over 5,000 people every day. In addition, HaitiChildren provides medical care to our resident abandoned children, our school and to three villages that neighbor the HaitiChildren campus. It is an honor for me to join this organization in a leadership role. We are changing the expectations of Haiti each and every day.
HaitiChildren has been providing diverse services to the most vulnerable of Haiti’s citizens for 20 years. Besides giving a home and 24/7 care to 126 children, HaitiChildren also runs three schools to educate over 1100 students, serves 2,000 nutritious meals to the areas poorest villagers every day, supplies clean water daily to over 5,000, operates a medical care and therapy center, and employs 220 Haitians. HaitiChildren’s administrative staff of four in the United States is funded directly by its Board of Directors, so all donations raised go directly to programs in Haiti. HaitiChildren is supported by loyal private donors (no public funding), dedicated volunteer Board members and officers, and numerous volunteers. To learn more about HaitiChildren and how you can help, visit www.haitichildren.org, or call 970-925-1492.