(HAITI) LATEST: Local Unions planned strike after US missionaries and children abducted #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.19: U.S. Officials are working with Haitian authorities to try to secure the release of 12 adults and five children with a U.S.-based missionary group who were abducted over the weekend by a gang notorious for killings, kidnappings and extortion.

#AceDailyNews says according to the via Fox News a strike is planned ‘worsening lack of security’ after US missionaries and children abducted in Haiti by a gang over the weekend…..HAITI GANG KIDNAPS US MISSIONARY GROUP, INCLUDING CHILDREN

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Local unions and organizations are expected to strike, protesting Haiti’s ‘worsening lack of security’

The group was snatched by the 400 Mawozo gang, which controls the Croix-des-Bouquets area east of the capital of Port-au-Prince, police inspector Frantz Champagne told The Associated Press on Sunday. The abduction happened Saturday in the community of Ganthier, which lies in the gang’s area. It was blamed for the kidnapping of five priests and two nuns earlier this year. 

As authorities sought the release of the 16 Americans and one Canadian with the Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries, local unions and other organizations expected to launch a strike Monday to protest Haiti’s worsening lack of security. 

Children stand in the courtyard of the Maison La Providence de Dieu orphanage it Ganthier, Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, on Sunday where a gang abducted 17 missionaries from a U.S.-based organization. 

The Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation is again struggling with a spike in gang-related kidnappings that had diminished in recent months, after President Jovenel Moïse was fatally shot at his private residence on July 7 and a magnitude 7.2 earthquake killed more than 2,200 people in August. 

“Everyone is concerned. They’re kidnapping from all social classes,” Méhu Changeux, president of Haiti’s Association of Owners and Drivers, told Magik9 radio station. 

He said the work stoppage would continue until the government could guarantee people’s safety. 

The kidnapping of the missionaries came just days after high-level U.S. officials visited Haiti and promised more resources for Haiti’s National Police, including another $15 million to help reduce gang violence, which this year has displaced thousands of Haitians who now live in temporary shelters in increasingly unhygienic conditions. 

The U.S. State Department said Sunday that it was in regular contact with senior Haitian authorities and would continue to work with them and interagency partners. 

“The welfare and safety of U.S. citizens abroad is one of the highest priorities of the Department of State,” the agency said in a statement. 

Christian Aid Ministries said the kidnapped group included seven women, five men and five children, including a 2-year-old. The organization said they were taken while on a trip to visit an orphanage. 

“Join us in praying for those who are being held hostage, the kidnappers and the families, friends and churches of those affected,” Christian Aid Ministries said in a statement. “As an organization, we commit this situation to God and trust him to see us through.” 

An annual report issued last year by Christian Aid Ministries said its American staffers had returned to their base in Haiti after a nine-month absence “due to political unrest” and noted the “uncertainty and difficulties” that arise from such instability.

Armed forces secure the area where the Haiti's Prime Minister Ariel Henry placed a bouquet of flowers in front of independence hero Jean Jacques Dessalines memorial in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Sunday.

Nearly a year ago, Haitian police issued a wanted poster for the alleged leader of the 400 Mawozo gang, Wilson Joseph, on charges including murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, auto theft and the hijacking of trucks carrying goods. He goes by the nickname “Lanmò Sanjou,” which means “death doesn’t know which day it’s coming.” 

Amid the spike in kidnappings, gangs have demanded ransoms ranging from a couple of hundred dollars to more than $1 million, sometimes killing those they have abducted, according to authorities. 

At least 328 kidnappings were reported to Haiti’s National Police in the first eight months of 2021, compared with a total of 234 for all of 2020, said a report last month by the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti. 

Gangs have been accused of kidnapping schoolchildren, doctors, police officers, busloads of passengers and others as they grow more powerful. In April, a man who claimed to be the leader of 400 Mawozo told a radio station that it was responsible for kidnapping five priests, two nuns and three relatives of one of the priests that month. They were later released. 

Armed forces secure the area where the Haiti's Prime Minister Ariel Henry placed a bouquet of flowers in front of independence hero Jean Jacques Dessalines memorial in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Sunday.

The spike in kidnappings and gang-related violence has forced Haitians to take detours around certain gang-controlled areas while others opt to stay home, which in turn means less money for people like Charles Pierre, a moto taxi driver in Port-au-Prince who has several children to feed. 

“People are not going out in the streets,” he said. “We cannot find people to transport.”

#AceNewsDesk report …………….Published: Oct.19: 2021:

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(MIAMI, Fla.) USCG REPORT: Coast Guard Cutter Resolute’s crew repatriated 260 Haitians to Haiti Friday following two at-sea interdictions off Haiti and Cuba #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.25: Subsequently, Coast Guard Cutter Resolute interdicted a 55-foot sail freighter with 183 people aboard, Wednesday, at approximately 4 p.m., about 36 miles off Cap Du Mole, Haiti. This vessel was also destroyed as a hazard to navigation.

#AceDailyNews reports that during a routine patrol, Diligence’s crew interdicted a 35-foot sail freighter, Friday, at approximately 5:30 a.m., with 77 people aboard about 20 miles south of Cuba. They were brought aboard the cutter due to the vessel being overloaded and it was later destroyed as a hazard to navigation.

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Coast Guard repatriates 260 Haitians to Haiti

Two small boats from Coast Guard Cutter Diligence interdict Haitian migrants off Cuba's coast, Sept. 18, 2021. The Coast Guard repatriated 260 migrants. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

No injuries or significant medical concerns were reported among the migrants.

A small boat from Coast Guard Cutter Resolute transfers Haitian migrants interdicted at sea to Haiti, Sept. 24, 2021. The Coast Guard repatriated 260 migrants. (U.S. Coast Guard video by Lt. David Steele)

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The Coast Guard routinely returns persons interdicted at sea aboard unseaworthy vessels to their country of origin to prevent the loss of life at sea. 

“We cannot stress enough how dangerous these voyages are,” said Cmdr. Jared Trusz, commanding officer, Coast Guard Cutter Diligence. “With our presence in the Caribbean Sea and through the Windward Passage, we hope to discourage these voyages on overloaded vessels and prevent loss of life.”

Since Oct, 1, 2020, Coast Guard crews have interdicted 1,119 Haitian migrants compared to:

  • 418 Haitian Migrants in Fiscal Year 2020
  • 932 Haitian Migrants in Fiscal Year 2019
  • 609 Haitian Migrants in Fiscal Year 2018
  • 419 Haitian Migrants in Fiscal Year 2017

Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, all migrants receive food, water, shelter and basic medical attention. Throughout the interdiction, Coast Guard crew members were equipped with personal protective equipment to minimize potential exposure to any possible case of COVID-19.

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(HAITI) WFP REPORT: Marianela González reports from areas affected by the 7.2 magnitude #earthquake that struck the country on 14 August leaving thousands without a home or many starving #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.26: But those few seconds of uncertainty spelled death and destruction for thousands of people in the southern departments of Haiti, hit by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake….

#AceDailyNews reports on Haiti Earthquake: It’s hard to see people with nowhere to sleep – especially the kids” and it people said it took a few seconds to realize what was happening. Port-au-Prince was shaking, soon everything went quiet

23 August 2021

Haiti _Denise Elizean and son Jean Pierre in an improvised camp for people displaced by the quake_marianela gonzalez
Marie Denise Elizean (18) and her Jean Pierre in a camp for people displaced by the earthquake in Les Cayes. Photo: WFP/Marianela González

The latest death toll stands at 2,200 people, with 300 still missing. More than 12,000 people have been injured and thousands of houses destroyed or damaged.

A WFP convoy leaves Port au Prince for Les Cayes_johanna piaton
WFP trucks loaded with food, water hygiene kits and blankets from Haiti’s civil protection authority get ready to leave Port-au-Prince, heading for Les Cayes. Photo: WFP/Johanna Piaton

Two days later, I was on board a World Food Programme (WFP) convoy transporting medical and humanitarian supplies to affected people in the town of Les Cayes.

WFP was already working in the affected areas before the earthquake, supporting thousands of people unable to even afford one meal a day. 

It was these very same people the quake hit, shaking the ground under their feet and destroying the roofs over their heads. A few days later, tropical storm Grace poured heavy rains on them. In Les Cayes, Jérémie and many other communities, the damage is visible – and so is the need. 

The earthquake added another layer to the deep, long-running crises that have been afflicting Haiti for a long time. Nearly half the population was already struggling to put food on the table – that’s 4.4 million people, 1.2 million of whom are facing severe hunger. Early estimates indicate that needs in the areas affected by the earthquake have grown by 55 percent.

Food distribution at Camp Perrin_marianela gonzalez
Food is distributed to 3,000 people in Camp Perrin, one of the areas in the south of the country that were affected by the earthquake.  Photo: WFP/Marianela González

So far, we have provided 8,000 hot meals to patients, their families and medical staff in hospitals, and we are continuing with our food and cash distributions. We are also putting our logistics capacity at the service of response efforts by other UN agencies, the Haitian government and NGOs. 

Woman affected by earthquake eating WFP hotmeal at hospital in Les Cayes
Les Cayes, Mariel Alexis eats one of the hot meals distributed by WFP to patients, their families and medical staff at the local hospital. Photo: WFP/Marianela González

It is hard to walk into these hospitals, to see families on the street, with nowhere to sleep – especially the children. But it is a privilege – and a responsibility – to be able to bring life-saving assistance to people in their hour of need.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Aug.26: 2021:

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(HAITI) #Earthquake & Tropical Storm Grace Report: At least 1,941 people are known to have died in Saturday’s powerful earthquake – a rise of more than 500 on the previous figure, officials say as rescue efforts were hampered with arrival of torrential rains on Tuesday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.18: Countless Haitian families who have lost everything due to the #earthquake are now living literally with their feet in the water due to the flooding,” said Bruno Maes, the UN Children’s Fund (Unicef) representative in the country.Buildings in Les Cayes were destroyed by the 7.2-magnitude earthquake…..

#AceDailyNews says Haiti #Earthquake: Death toll reaches nearly 2,000 & 10,000 people have been injured, and many are still missing after the the 7.2-magnitude tremor and rescue work has been hampered by heavy rains brought this week by Tropical Storm #Grace to the Caribbean nation and the UN says about 500,000 children now have limited or no access to shelter, safe water and food UNICEF says half a million children affected …

Rescuers search the rubble for survivors in Les Cayes, Haiti. Photo: 17 August 2021
There are fears that the death toll will rise further

Tens of thousands of people left homeless by the quake had to decide whether to brave the storm under flimsy tarpaulins or risk returning into buildings damaged by the tremor and smaller aftershocks.

The south-west of Haiti appears to have suffered the worst of the damage from the quake, especially around the city of Les Cayes. 

“Yesterday [Tuesday] evening, I took shelter near a church, but when I heard the ground shake again, I ran to return here,” city resident Magalie Cadet was quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.

She said so few structures remained standing that people had to relieve themselves on the city streets.

Some hospitals were left overwhelmed and in need of supplies, as medics struggled to treat the injured.

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The earthquake compounds problems facing the impoverished nation, which is already reeling from a political crisis following the assassination of its president last month

Prime Minister Ariel Henry, who is in power until fresh presidential election can be held, has declared a month-long state of emergency and urged the population to “show solidarity”. 

Haiti has been hit by a series of natural disasters over the past years, including Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

The deadliest was the 2010 earthquake which killed more than 200,000 people and caused extensive damage to the country’s infrastructure and economy.

Over half a million children affected by Haiti earthquake

Torrential rains are hampering relief efforts

17 August 2021

Children oversee an excavation in the city of Les Cayes, Haiti

UNICEF/UN0502973/Harry RouzierChildren oversee an excavation in the city of Les Cayes, Haiti on 15 August 2021, following the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck on 14 August 2021.

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PORT-AU-PRINCE / PANAMA CITY, 17 August 2021 – UNICEF estimates that about 1.2 million people, including 540,000 children, have been affected by the powerful earthquake that hit Haiti on Saturday.

The hardest hit departments of South, Nippes and Grand’Anse are now being drenched by Tropical Depression Grace, which is further disrupting access to water, shelter, and other basic services. Flooding and mudslides are likely to worsen the situation of vulnerable families and further complicate the humanitarian response.

Search and rescue efforts are under way, with official reports of over 1,400 deaths and 7,000 injured. More than 84,000 houses have been damaged or destroyed, along with public infrastructure, including hospitals, schools and bridges.

“Last night, I saw strong winds and heavy rainfall strike the same areas already affected by the earthquake,” said Bruno Maes, UNICEF’s Representative in Haiti, who is currently in Les Cayes. “Countless Haitian families who have lost everything due to the earthquake are now living literally with their feet in the water due to the flooding.”

“Right now, about half a million Haitian children have limited or no access to shelter, safe water, health care and nutrition,” said Maes.

Criminal violence and insecurity complicate the humanitarian response, and the main road from Port-au-Prince to the south of the country is controlled by gangs. Nevertheless, UNICEF was able reach affected areas with medical supplies within hours of the earthquake. A UNICEF truck delivered six medical kits to three hospitals in Les Cayes, with enough supplies – including gloves, painkillers, antibiotics and syringes – to treat 30,000 earthquake victims over three months.

UNICEF and partners are distributing tarpaulins for emergency shelter, latrines and showers; water reservoirs for safe water distribution; and hygiene kits including water treatment tablets, soap, menstrual hygiene material, and jerrycans.

In the courtyard of one hospital, UNICEF installed tents to shelter patients who feared the building could collapse.

Additional supplies, including education and recreational kits will be rapidly mobilized, and UNICEF is planning community-based engagement activities to prevent family separation and to ensure protection and psychosocial support for children.

UNICEF is working closely with the government and partners to carry out rapid assessments of children’s needs. UNICEF estimates that it will need US$15 million to respond to the most urgent needs of at least 385,000 people including 167,000 children under the age of five for a period of eight weeks. This initial funding requirement will be reviewed and adjusted in the coming weeks as the impact on children and families becomes clearer.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Aug.18: 2021:

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(HAITI) JUST IN: Tropical Storm #Grace Report: Relief efforts after #Earthquake on Saturday has been hampered by todays heavy rains with many areas still cut-off after landslides and blocked roads #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.17: It’s totally turned into a river,” a man is heard saying in the video, which appeared to have been shot in the city of Jacmel, on Haiti’s southern coast….

#AceDailyNews says that Quake-Struck Haiti Is Lashed by Heavy Rains After Storm Hits Today Tuesday: The deluge could complicate the relief efforts that followed a 7.2-magnitude temblor that devastated the southwest of the country on Saturday and now Tropical Storm #Grace made its way across Haiti, which was already reeling from a devastating earthquake, videos circulating on social networks on Tuesday showed heavy rains pummeling towns and villages, bringing the risk of flash floods and landslides.

Aug. 17, 2021, 7:04 a.m. ET

Sheltering from Tropical Storm Grace on Monday in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti. The authorities said that the downpour was worsening the situation for those displaced by the quake two days earlier.
Sheltering from Tropical Storm Grace on Monday in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti. The authorities said that the downpour was worsening the situation for those displaced by the quake two days earlier.Adriana Zehbrauskas for The New York Times

In one video, a man could be seen making his way through muddy water that had flooded a street up to his waist on Monday, when the storm struck. Another video showed floodwaters rushing across a street and inundating nearby homes.

Heavy rains also pelted people who had huddled in fields, many of them forced to leave homes damaged in the 7.2-magnitude earthquake, and others who had sought safety outdoors because of a fear of aftershocks that could cause further collapses.

One video posted on Monday showed dozens of people trying to take shelter under plastic tarpaulins provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development, which has sent help to Haiti, as they were hit by gusts of wind that had blown down their campsite.

In a message posted on Twitter on Monday night, the civil protection agency of Haiti said that heavy rainfall in the southern region was making the situation for displaced people even more challenging and called on residents whose homes had not been affected to help shelter them.

Grace hit Haiti as a tropical depression on Monday night but was later upgraded to a tropical storm. Coming after the earthquake on Saturday, the tempest has compounded the problems already facing the impoverished nation, which was still in the throes of a political crisis prompted by the assassination of its president, Jovenel Moïse, last month.

Investigations into the killing of Mr. Moïse — by assailants who stormed his residence near the capital, Port-au-Prince — have stalled. The newly installed government is vulnerable, the result of a fragile compromise between politicians who jockeyed for power for days after the killing.

As Grace made landfall in Haiti, the authorities were still rushing to bring aid to the country’s southwest, which was devastated in the deadly earthquake just two days earlier.

The quake killed more than 1,400 people and injured nearly 7,000 others — a toll that is expected to rise. Thousands of homes have been destroyed, as well as dozens of schools, churches and health centers, according to reports by local authorities.

Memories of the crippling 2010 earthquake — and the shambolic humanitarian response that followed — are still vivid in the minds of Haitians, and the government has promised a more effective reaction this time. But the shipping of aid to the southwest has been hampered by logistical issues and medical facilities are lacking in that part of the country.

Paul Farmer, a physician and co-founder of the relief agency Partners in Health, which oversees several hospitals in Haiti, said that the country had established new emergency medical services in the intervening years, largely improving its ability to respond to an earthquake.

“This time around,” he said, “the idea is: How can we coordinate the response so that it doesn’t become a burden for the Haitians?”

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Aug.17: 2021:

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(HAITI) #Earthquake Report: At least 1,300-people have been killed and more than 1,800 injured after the devastating 7.2-magnitude quake hit on Saturday morning #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.16: NOVATO (CBS SF) — A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on Saturday morning, killing at least 1,300-people and leaving more than 1,800 people hurt, according to authorities.

#AceDailyNews says that a ‘State of Emergency’ is in place as Haitians In the Bay Area Feel Impacts of Devastating Earthquake and rescue operation is underway

The epicenter of the quake was about 78 miles west of the capitol of Port-au-Prince, where a powerful earthquake struck in 2010, killing hundreds of thousands of people.

More than 1,300 dead in earthquake as Haiti braces for tropical storm as #Grace approaches on Tuesday …..

Aug. 15, 2021, 12:04 PM UTC / Updated Aug. 16, 2021, 4:41 AM UTC

Haitians scrambled overnight to try to find survivors trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings after a major earthquake killed more than 1,200 people and injured 5,700 in the Caribbean country Saturday.

The 7.2-magnitude quake injured hundreds more and flattened churches, homes and government buildings.

The temblor, which was felt in Cuba and Jamaica and was followed by a string of aftershocks, hit around 5 miles from the town of Petit-Trou-de-Nippes, just over 90 miles west of the capital, Port-au-Prince, at a depth of about 6 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said.People look for survivors at a destroyed house after the 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Les Cayes on Saturday.Stringer / Reuters

Video posted to social media showed residents pulling stunned survivors out of the rubble of collapsed buildings after homes, hospitals, schools, churches and other buildings were damaged or destroyed.

The earthquake was a terrifying reminder of the devastating temblor that rocked Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, 11 years ago, killing tens of thousands of people.

For Lydie Jean-Baptiste, 62, memories of the trauma have come flooding back.

“The neighbors, I saw them running and running. I said, ‘What’s wrong?’ They said, ‘Earthquake!’ and I rushed to the front door,” Jean-Baptiste told Reuters. “I felt really, really scared.”

For a long time afterward, she said, she slept outside.

Yvon Pierre, the former mayor of Saint Louis du Sud, said he would sleep outside because of the aftershocks.

“I am strong, but this affected me psychologically, and that is probably the same as the rest of the population,” Pierre said.

As well as the aftermath of the most recent quake, Haiti must also brace for the likely impact of Tropical Storm Grace, which appears to be headed toward it and could bring heavy rains and strong wind this week.

The quake also hit at a time of deep political turmoil, just weeks after President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated on July 7.

Looking to offer words of comfort to a devastated population, Prime Minister Ariel Henry said: “We need to show a lot of solidarity with the emergency.”

Henry, who found himself at the helm of the struggling country after Moïse’s assassination, has said officials will look to hold elections for a new president as soon as possible.

President Joe Biden said in a statement that he was “saddened by the devastating earthquake that occurred in Saint-Louis du Sud, Haiti” and pledged a U.S. response.

“It’s devastating, it’s very troubling everything that’s going on right now. I know that both of us we woke up to the news – we have family members in Haiti, we have friends that have family members, loved ones, things like that, colleagues,” said Joanne Eloi, a resident of Sonoma County who was born in Haiti.

Eloi and her father, a pastor at the Novato Horeb Haitian SDA Church are heartbroken. New video and images coming out of Haiti are an all too familiar reminder of the 2010 earthquake. 

“It’s hard to get in touch with our family members. My father – he has a brother that still lives in Haiti,” said Eloi. 

“It’s almost impossible,” added Edner Eloi. 

Based on Edner’s brother’s location, the Elois believe he is safe. Still, they worry about how much more this country can endure.

“With everything that’s going on in the world right now, with the pandemic, the assassination of the president,” said Eloi. “We have tropical storms on their way, hurricane season is coming upon Haiti… it’s like when will we get a break.” 

Pastor Eloi has made six trips to Haiti, since the 2010 earthquake to help the country rebuild.

“Very sad and very nervous too, because the people we try to help them, but it’s so quick, something else happen to them,” he added. 

Haiti’s new prime minister, in office just since July, declared a state of emergency Saturday. 

“We have declared a state of emergency in the West, the South, Nippes, and the province of Grand’Anse. We have a medical emergency. The Health Ministry started the distribution of medicines in hospitals,” said Prime Minister Ariel Henry.

He also called on the nation to show a spirit of solidarity in the face of yet another crisis on Twitter.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Aug.16: 2021:

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(HAITI) JUST IN: #Earthquake ALERT: The US Geological Survey is estimating “high casualties” and widespread disaster in Haiti following a magnitude 7.2 earthquake Saturday morning its reported by BBC that at least 29-dead developing story …#AceNewsDesk report

#AceDailyNews says State of Emergency for one month in place as ‘Tropical Storm #Grace’ could impact Haiti region by Tuesday next week bringing more chaos CNN’s Aya Elamroussi and Haley Brink reports ….

Grace became the seventh named storm of the season on Saturday. Earlier a tropical depression, Grace strengthened to tropical storm status about 400 miles east of the Leeward Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Hurricane Center.

On the current forecast track, the center of Grace is expected to move over the Leeward Islands Saturday night, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Sunday and the Dominican Republic on Monday. 17 min ago

USGS predicts “high casualties” are probable and disaster is likely widespread after earthquake near Haiti

The US Geological Survey is estimating “high casualties” and widespread disaster in Haiti following a magnitude 7.2 earthquake Saturday morning.

“High casualties are probable and the disaster is likely widespread,” according to the USGS. 

Estimated economic losses are 0 to 3% GDP of Haiti, according to the USGS.

BBC News: Haiti: Many deaths feared after major 7.2-magnitude earthquake

A deadly earthquake has struck the Caribbean nation of Haiti. The 7.2-magnitude quake hit the west of the country on Saturday morning, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). Images on social media showed buildings reduced to rubble: The prime minister said it had caused “several” deaths and “enormous damage”, though the exact toll remains unclear. Haiti is still recovering from a devastating 2010 earthquake, which killed more than 200,000 people. The epicentre of Saturday’s earthquake was about 12km (7.5 miles) from the town of Saint-Louis du Sud.The tremor was felt in the densely-populated capital of Port-au-Prince, some 125km away, and in neighbouring countries. “Lots of homes are destroyed, people are dead and some are at the hospital,” Christella Saint Hilaire, who lives near the epicentre, told AFP news agency. In a series of tweets, Prime Minister Ariel Henry said he had mobilised a team to work on the relief effort, and sent condolences to those affected. The USGS earlier warned that the earthquake could result in thousands of fatalities and injuries. Frantz Duval, editor-in-chief of Haiti’s Le Nouvelliste newspaper, tweeted that two hotels were among the buildings destroyed in the town of Les Cayes. He said the local hospital was overwhelmed. “Slowly, strongly and for very long seconds the earth shook in Haiti on 14 August, 2021 around 8:30 am,” he wrote. Photos shared on social media showed damaged buildings and piles of rubble after the quake. Naomi Verneus, a 34-year-old resident of the capital Port-au-Prince, told the Associated Press news agency she was woken up by the earthquake and that her bed was shaking.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Aug.14: 2021:

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(PORT-AU-PRINCE) Haiti bid a rowdy farewell to assassinated president Jovenel Moise on Friday as his funeral was roiled by nearby gunfire and protests, prompting a high-level U.S. delegation to leave abruptly and other dignitaries to duck into vehicles for safety #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.25: Haitian President Jovenel Moise was shot dead when assassins armed with assault rifles stormed his private residence in the hills above Port-au-Prince on July.07:

#AceDailyNews says that violent protests broke with gunfire on Friday at ‘Sully Funeral of Slain Haiti President’ as U.S.delegation and officials made a hasty exit …

Pallbearers in military attire salute next to a coffin holding the body of late Haitian President Jovenel Moise after he was shot dead at his home in Port-au-Prince earlier this month, in Cap-Haitien, July 23, 2021. Photo: Reuters: Click here to read more: Reporting by Rajendra Jhadav and Manoj Kumar Editing by Robert Birsel

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Here is what we know so far:

Moise’s assassination has stoked fears of spiraling chaos in the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation: It has also triggered an international manhunt for the gunmen and alleged masterminds across the Americas region.

A large group of gunmen killed Moise, 53, in an early morning attack on his residence in Petionville, a northern, hillside suburb of the capital Port-au-Prince. His wife was critically wounded.

Haiti’s ambassador to the United States, Bocchit Edmond, said the gunmen were masquerading as U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents during the attack, which would likely have helped them gain entry into the guarded house.

The gunmen fled but the police tracked some of them to a house near Moise’s residence, where a firefight lasted late into the night.

So far 18 of the 26 Colombians suspected of playing a role in the attack have been detained, while three were killed by police and five are still on the run. Police have also arrested the two Haitian Americans and another Haitian thought to be the brains behind the operation.

Colombian Defense Minister Diego Molano said initial findings indicated that Colombians suspected of taking part in the assassination were retired members of his country’s armed forces.

Many of the former Colombian soldiers went to Haiti to work as bodyguards, but others knew a crime was being planned, Colombia’s president said on Thursday.

A “small number” of the detainees had received U.S. military training in the past while serving as active members of the Colombian military, the Pentagon said.

Authorities have detained 63-year-old Christian Emmanuel Sanon, widely described as a Florida-based doctor, and accused him of being one of masterminds behind the killing.

Sanon hired mercenaries to oust and replace Moise, authorities say. He was said to have flown to Haiti on a private jet in early June, accompanied by hired security guards, and wanted to take over as president.

National Police Chief Leon Charles also identified former Haitian Senator John Joel Joseph as a key player in the plot, saying he supplied weapons and planned meetings, and that police were searching for him.

Charles said Dimitri Herard, the head of palace security for Moise, has also been arrested. Prosecutors want to know why the attackers did not meet more resistance at the president’s home.

Moise’s assassination has triggered fresh political volatility in the Caribbean nation of 11 million people, with Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph asking the United States and the United Nations to send troops to guard the airport and other infrastructure.

U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday ruled out Joseph’s proposal, saying such a plan “was not on the agenda at this moment”.

But U.S. investigators continue to assist Haitian authorities with their probe.

The United States may also bring charges in a U.S. court, if possible, against those who killed Moise, a senior U.S. administration official said.

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(HAITI) LATEST: A deadly gun battle between police and the men suspected of assassinating President Jovenel Moïse has been raging in Port-au-Prince #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.15: Mr Moïse, 53, was fatally shot and his wife was injured when attackers stormed their home early on Wednesday.

#AceDailyNews says Jovenel Moïse Case: Police kill four after Haiti’s president assassinated and according to Police chief Léon Charles said four suspects had been killed and two detained but some remained at large and a manhunt was still under way

Jovenel Moïse
Jovenel Moïse was killed when attackers stormed his home in Port-au-Prince

“They will be killed or captured,” the police chief said.

Police chief Charles described dramatic scenes as officers confronted the alleged assassins. 

“We blocked [the suspects] en route as they left the scene of the crime,” he told a news conference. “Since then, we have been battling with them.” 

EPAThere is an increased police presence around the property where the president was killed

Officials say the suspects are well armed and had taken three police officers hostage, who have since been freed.

Mr Charles urged residents to stay indoors for their own safety. 

People walk in a market as they go about their lives in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, May 24, 2021

Reuters Haiti: Key facts

  • 11 millioninhabitants
  • 59%percentage who live below the poverty line
  • 2004-2017years in which a UN peacekeeping force was present
  • 200,000number of people killed in the 2010 earthquake

Source: BBC Monitoring:

Brazen attackThe acting prime minister, Claude Joseph, has described Haiti as being “in shock” after the killing of Mr Moïse. Heavily armed assassins stormed the president’s home in the hills above Port-au-Prince at around 01:00 local time (05:00 GMT).EPAIt is unclear how the attackers gained access to Mr Moïse’s homeMr Moïse was shot multiple times and died at the scene. The president’s body had a total of 12 bullet wounds, Magistrate Carl Henry Destin told the Novelist newspaper.He said the president’s office and bedroom were ransacked and that he was found lying on his back, covered in blood. First Lady Martine Moïse was also injured in the attack and has been flown to Florida where she is said to be in a critical but stable condition.The couple’s three children, Jomarlie, Jovenel Jr and Joverlein, are reportedly in a “safe location”, government officials said.Mr Destin said that Jomarlie had survived by hiding in her brother’s room, while two domestic staff members had been tied up by the attackers. What do we know about the attackers?Mr Joseph described the gunmen as “mercenaries” and said that they were “foreigners who spoke English and Spanish”. Haiti’s official languages are Creole and French.But Haiti’s communications minister has since said that there were Haitians among the suspects. Video released after the shooting purports to show heavily armed men dressed in black outside the residence shouting in English: “DEA [US Drug Enforcement Administration] operations, everybody stay down!”Haiti’s ambassador to the US, Bocchit Edmond, said that while the attackers had disguised themselves as US drugs agents, he believed there was “no way” they really were US agents.Streets deserted amid fearThe streets of Haiti were deserted after the killing and Haitians mostly heeded the call by the interim prime minister to remain calm and stay indoors.Mr Joseph has declared a two-week state of emergency, which allows for the banning of gatherings and use of the military for police roles, along with other extensions of executive powers.The United Nations Security Council has condemned the assassination of Haiti’s president Jovenel Moïse, calling on all parties to remain calm and avoid further instability.World leaders have condemned the killing. Pope Francis said it was a “heinous murder” and the United Nations Security Council is set to hold a closed-door meeting on the killing on Thursday.The United Nations also made “an emphatic call on all political stakeholders in Haiti to refrain from any acts of violence or incitement”.Rocky times and rival claimsEven before President Moïse’s assassination, the situation in Haiti was marked by instability and there had been widespread protests demanding his resignation. Why are there so many protests in Haiti?Parliamentary elections should have been held in October 2019 but disputes delayed them, meaning Mr Moïse had been ruling by decree. During his four years in office, the president had six prime ministers and on Monday, a day before he was killed, he had nominated a seventh one, Ariel Henry.But Mr Henry had not yet been sworn in, leaving his predecessor, Claude Joseph, in charge.Uncertainty about who should now govern the country is rife.Mr Joseph has said he will take control until elections could be held. But in an interview with Le Nouvelliste newspaper on Wednesday, Mr Henry insisted that he and not Mr Joseph was the prime minister. Haiti’s constitution says the president of the Supreme Court should take over in the event of a presidential vacancy. However, Chief Justice René Sylvestre died of Covid-19 weeks ago.The US said it believed elections should go ahead this year, to bring about a peaceful transfer of power.

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(WASHINGTON) DoD Haiti Report: A team of U.S. security and law enforcement experts is travelling to the country to determine what assistance U.S can provide following the assassination of the president last week, the Pentagon said on Sunday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.12: That’s really where our energies are best applied right now – in helping them get their arms around investigating this incident and figuring out who’s culpable … and how best to hold them accountable,” Kirby said in the interview.

#AceDailyNews says on Monday an inter-agency team largely from the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI are heading down to Haiti right now to see what we can to do help in the investigative process,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told “Fox News Sunday.”

Telegram Reuters Wire: July.11, 20218:12 PM BSTLast Updated 15 hours ago: Reporting by Andrea Shalal and Susan Heavey; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Peter Cooney

President Joe Biden will be briefed by the team when it returns and “then make decisions about the way forward,” a senior Biden administration official told Reuters separately.

Haiti has sought U.S. aid in securing the country and investigating the attack that killed President Jovenel Moise on Wednesday at his Port-au-Prince homeand plunged the impoverished island nation further into turmoil. Haitian authorities have said two Haitian Americans were among the suspected assassins. read more 

It was not immediately clear how long the U.S. team would remain in Haiti. The administration official saidon Sunday that Washington would also consult with its regional partners and the United Nations.

The United States has so far rebuffed Haiti’s request for troops, while the United Nations would need Security Council authorization to send armed forces.

Kirby said: “We’re analyzing it just like we would any other request for assistance at the Pentagon. It’s going through a review.”

State Dept: Secretary Blinken’s Call with Acting Haitian Prime Minister Joseph

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Acting Haitian Prime Minister Claude Joseph today. Secretary Blinken extended condolences to the family and loved ones of President Moïse and to the people of Haiti. The Secretary also expressed the United States’ wishes for First Lady Martine Moïse’s recovery. Secretary Blinken reiterated the United States’ continued commitment to work with the Government of Haiti in support of the Haitian people and democratic governance, peace, and security.

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(HAITI) Assasination Report: This is the moment a baying mob captured Colombian ex-military mercenaries in Haiti, dragging them bloody and beaten through the slums of Port-au-Prince, amid chaos in the power vacuum left by the president’s assassination #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.11: At the time of his death last night, the President had been clinging to power despite claims from opposition figures that his term had expired.

#AceDailyNews says what’s known about the assassination of Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse in Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world, that has been thrown into deeper political strife after disguised gunmen burst into his home and killed him.

Jovenel Moise caught in a sunbeam.
The assassination of President Jovenel Moïse risks further political turmoil for Haiti.(AP: Dieu Nalio Chery)

What’s more, the country’s chief justice died of COVID-19 last month, and the country has been without a formal prime minister since April.

The interim prime minister was set to be replaced next week, adding to the uncertainty that now grips the Caribbean nation.

What do we know about the assassination?

Mr Moïse was killed by a group of armed attackers who entered his private residence in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince in a night-time raid.

A member of security forces cordons off access to the residence of Haitian President Jovenel Moise.
The Haitian President was shot at his residence.(AP: Joseph Odelyn)

Video published by the Miami Herald showed an American-accented voice yelling over loudspeaker “DEA operation, everybody back up and stay down” outside the presidential residence.

Haiti’s ambassador to the United States, Bocchit Edmond, said the attackers entered the complex under the ruse they were agents for the US Drug Enforcement Administration.

“It was a well-orchestrated attack and those were professionals,” he said.

Once inside, the armed gunmen killed Mr Moïse, while his wife was injured.

She has now been transported to the US for treatment.

Jovenel Moise and his wife wearing black and looking down.
First lady Martine Moïse has been taken to the US after being wounded.(Reuters: Andres Martinez Casares)

Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph said the heavily armed gunmen were either speaking Spanish or English during the deadly raid.

In a televised statement, the director-general of Haiti’s national police said four “mercenaries” had been killed and two more taken into custody during an operation in Port-au-Prince following the assassination.

But it’s not clear what motivated the attack on his life.

Who was Jovenel Moïse, the President of Haiti?

Mr Moïse was sworn in as President of Haiti in February 2017, but exactly when his term would have ended is behind part of the country’s strife.

He was first elected in 2015 in a vote that had to be re-run the following year due to fraud concerns.

His opponents claimed his term expired five years after the date he would have been sworn in under the first election, while he maintained his term would not end until February 2022.

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Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph says Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated by a squad of gunmen.

The 53-year-old former businessman was swept to power on pledges to strengthen institutions, fight corruption and bring more investment and jobs to Haiti.

But togetherness never arrived, and his administration was plagued by massive protests from the start. Even his initial election in 2015 was annulled, forcing a re-do that he also won.

Critics accused him of growing increasingly authoritarian.

He had been ruling by decree for more than a year after dissolving a majority of Parliament in January 2020 amid a delay in legislative elections.

Political strife likely to follow Moïse’s death

The attack on Mr Moïse’s life comes at a particularly fractious period for the country.

The Haitian Times reported the chief justice of the country’s supreme court would be next in line in the presidential line of succession.

However, the last person to hold that post, Rene Sylvestre, died of COVID-19 just weeks ago. 

Mr Joseph was about to be booted from the interim prime ministership, but now says he is in charge of the country. 

Though the calm held in the hours after the assassination, many now fear Haiti could tip further into violence.

“How much worse can hell get?” Haiti expert Irwin Stotzky, from the University of Miami law school.

“Haiti faces even more violence and death and failure as a democratic nation than ever before, which is hard to imagine given its recent and chaotic history.”

Colombian ‘Mercenaries’ Accused of Assassinating Haitian President Are Captured Along With Two Americans – as Power Struggle Breaks Out Between Political Rivals Over Rule of Nation

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This is the moment a baying mob captured Colombian ex-military mercenaries in Haiti, dragging them bloody and beaten through the slums of Port-au-Prince, amid chaos in the power vacuum left by the president’s assassination.

Police said 26 Colombians and two US citizens were involved in the raid on Jovenel Moise’s mansion in the early hours of Wednesday, without providing any motivation or information on who ordered the hit as skepticism grows among the populace.

At least six of the Colombian nationals were retired military servicemen, Colombia’s Defense Minister Diego Solano revealed Thursday. ‘Initially, the information indicates that they are Colombian citizens, retired members of the National Army,’ Solano said. 

Colombian newspaper El Tiempo learned that Colombian mercenaries flew on June 6 to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, before crossing over to Haiti.

According to the outlet, Alejandro Giraldo, 41; John Jairo Ramírez, 40; Victor Piñera, 40; Manuel Antonio Groso, 40, have been identified as four of the 15 Colombians who are under arrest. The identities of the other individuals have yet to be released.

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(HAITI) JUST IN: Plane crash on Friday has killed two American Missionaries whilst four others on board are still are still Unidentified #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.04: The flight went down after leaving Port-au-Prince, the country’s capital, en route to Jacmel on the southern coast, after taking off around 7 p.m. local time, Haiti’s National Civil Aviation Office said, according to Agence France-Presse.

HAITI: Two American missionaries were among six people killed Friday when a private plane crashed in Haiti, according to reports.

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The flight usually takes around an hour. 

U.S.-based Gospel to Haiti identified the Americans on Facebook as Trent Hostetler, 35, and John Miller, 43, adding that Hostetler’s wife and children had taken an earlier flight. Miller was from Wisconsin, a Facebook post said; it was unclear where Hostetler was from.

The other four passengers haven’t been publicly identified. 

“There wasn’t room for everyone on the first flight so Erica [Hostetler] and their 3 children, along with some other friends visiting Haiti took a flight and Trent [Hostetler] and John [Miller] were to come on another small plane soon after them,” Gospel to Haiti wrote in the post. “When the 2nd plane didn’t show up, they were very concerned and soon heard that the plane had gone down somewhere near Leogane.”

They said a search team found the wreckage Saturday morning and confirmed there were no survivors. 

“Because of the political unrest, the gang violence and so on in Haiti, they were taking this small plane to Jacmel where they would meet up with the rest of their family,” Darwin Hostetler, Trent’s cousin who was also involved in the mission, told the Miami Herald. “They were flying to Jacmel and then they were going to meet up with our missionaries then, who were going to take them to Petit-Goâve.”

The cause of the crash hasn’t been determined, AFP reported. Although Hurricane Elsa was approaching, authorities didn’t cite weather conditions as a possble factor.

The single-engine aircraft was registered to a South Florida company, the Herald reported.

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` Anti-Government Protesters Take to Streets to Denounce US Involvement in Political and Economic Affairs’

#AceWorldNews – PORT-au-PRINCE – HAITI – May 19 – Around 1,200 anti-government protesters took to the streets of Port-au-Prince, Sunday, to mark the 211th anniversary of Haitian Flag Day and denounce US involvement in the country’s political and economic affairs.

Protesters gathered in the Bel Air district before marching through the streets calling for President Michel Martelly’s resignation. Demonstrators also set fire to a piece of material with stars and stripes print, shouting “Obama should not have supported this government.”

The protesters tried to reach the area near the National Palace but were blocked by a police cordon.

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` Victim’s of `Haiti’s Cholera Epidemic ‘ filed a `Class Action ‘ Lawsuit against `UN ‘ in a Federal Court in New York ‘

#AceWorldNew Victims of Haiti’s deadly post-earthquake cholera epidemic have filed a new lawsuit against the UN in a federal court in Brooklyn, New York, AFP reported.

They are demanding compensation over the organization’s alleged responsibility for the outbreak.

The class-action suit filed on Tuesday represents some 1,500 victims and is “the largest lawsuit against the UN regarding the outbreak to date,” plaintiffs’ representatives said.

There had been no cholera in Haiti for at least 150 years until it was allegedly introduced by Nepalese UN peacekeepers.

They were sent to the country in the wake of the devastating earthquake in January 2010.

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UN: ” Vatican and the `Rights of a Child` in Today’s World”

#AceWorldNews says UNITED NATIONS – last Thursday in Geneva a panel from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, in an open hearing televised live on the Internet, grilled Vatican officials over the handling of cases of sex abuse by clergy, while neglecting to reference the many different sex scandals involving U.N. personnel that have plagued the organization for decades.

Pope Meets with UN 2013Bishop Charles Scicluna, the Vatican official responsible for prosecuting clergy accused of sex crimes over 10 years, from 2002 until 2012, explained to the U.N. panel that it is not the policy of the Holy See to cover up sex crimes committed by the clergy.

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi cautioned the U.N. panel that the legal jurisdiction of the Vatican to punish clergy criminally was often trumped by criminal laws within the jurisdiction in which the accused clergy resided.

Rights of a ChildThe Vatican ratified the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1990, but did not submit any reports until 2012, when the Vatican reported it was aware of 612 new cases of sexual abuse charges in 2012, 418 of which involved minors.

Since the 1970s, sex abuse scandals involving clergy have cost the Vatican a loss of credibility across the globe, with accusations the Holy See’s reaction until recently has been to shuffle the accused clergy to another diocese or assignment in an effort to cover up rather than prosecute the crime.

Pope Francis copes with sex-abuse scandal

In December 2013, after refusing a U.N. request for information on alleged sexual abuse cases involving the clergyPope Francis announced through Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the archbishop of Boston, the decision by the Vatican to set up a child sex-abuse committee involving a panel of experts charged with producing guidance of conduct for Catholic clergy and church officials.

In 2002, Cardinal Bernard Francis Law, then the archbishop of Boston, was forced to resign after accusations of sexual misconduct by priests in the Archdiocese of Boston. The resignation was triggered by particularly sensational accusations of child molestation involving Father John Geoghan tracing back to 1984 that resulted in Geoghan’s criminal conviction for indecent assault and battery on a 10-year-old boy.

Pope Francis raised further questions about the Vatican’s sincerity in prosecuting clergy accused of sex abuse when Law was given an appointment as archpriest at the prestigious Basilica of St. Maria Major in Rome.

Last Thursday, howeverin a particularly blunt homily delivered at a Vatican Mass, Pope Francis explained scandals in the Catholic Church happen because there is no living relationship with God and his Word, thus corrupt priests, instead of giving “the Bread of Life,” give a poisoned message to the faithful.

Pope Francis Radio Homily“But are we ashamed?” Pope Francis asked in the homily broadcast by Vatican Radio.

“So many scandals that I do not want to mention individually, but all of us know … we know where they are! Scandals, some who charged a lot of money [to] the shame of the Church! But are we all ashamed of those scandals, of those failings of priests, bishops, laity? Where was the Word of God in those scandals; where was the Word of God in those men and in those women? They did not have a relationship with God! They had a position in the Church, a position of power, even of comfort. But the Word of God, no!”

On Friday, the Associated Press reported Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests in 2011 and 2012 for molesting children.

In a document prepared for release to the U.N., the Vatican confirmed a dramatic increase over the 171 priests removed in 2008 and 2009 for alleged sexual abuse.

The AP acknowledged “a remarkable evolution in the Holy See’s in-house procedures to discipline paedophiles since 2001,” when thenCardinal Joseph Ratzinger [subsequently elected Pope Benedict XVI] ordered bishops to send to Rome for review all cases of priests credibly accused of sexual abuse.

Et tu, U.N.?

Yet even as the Vatican is making strides to explain to the U.N. its efforts to clean house of sexual abuse, the international body head quartered in New York has its own skeletons in the closet.

On March 13, 2005, for example, Washington Post staff writer Colum Lynch reported “a culture of sexual permissiveness” has plagued U.N. peacekeeping operations worldwide for the past 12 years.

“The reports of sexual abuse have come from U.N. officials, internal U.N. documents and local and international human rights organizations that have tracked the issue,” Lynch wrote. “Some U.N. officials and outside observers say there have been cases of abuse in almost every U.N. mission, including operations in Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone and Kosovo.”

Meeting of MindsOn May 8, 2006, the BBC reported a widespread scandal in which UN peacekeepers were demanding “sex for aid” from girls as young as 8 years old in Liberia.

In 2008, an international scandal developed when U.N. peacekeepers in Haiti were involved in gang-rape charges in the Ivory Coast, and in 2011, Uruguayan President Jose Mujica apologized to Haitian President Michel Martelly over the alleged rape of an 18-year-old Haitian man by Uruguayan U.N. peacekeeping troops then in Haiti.

Despite a U.N. “zero tolerance” policy toward sexual abuse announced in 2003, the U.N. has focused serious attention on addressing sex crimes among more than 120,000 personnel deployed in 16 different peacekeeping missions globally, the New York Times reported in 2011.

“What do we do when those we entrust with our greatest hopes betray that trust?” asked Gerald Caplan writing in The Globe and Mail published in Canada on Aug. 3, 2012. “If the betrayers are United Nations peacekeepers, the answer seems to be nothing at all. There is distressing new evidence, most of it reported here for the first time, that foreign soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo can sexually and violently violate young girls with impunity so long as they wear that iconic blue beret or blue helmet.”

MaliIn 2013, the United Nations acknowledged in what appears to be a continuing problem for the U.N. worldwide its peacekeeping mission in Mali had received allegations of serious misconduct by its peacekeeping troops then in Mali, including an alleged incident of sexual abuse.

“The secretary-general is treating this matter with the utmost seriousness and, in line with established procedure, is in the process of notifying the troop-contributing countries,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesman, Martin Nesirky, told a news briefing in New York on Sept. 22, 2013, in reference to the sexual abuse allegations against U.N. peacekeepers in Mali.

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#Haiti Remembered and Four Years on Still Rebuilding People’s Lives

#AceNewsServices says according to the latest CN article the rebuilding of Haiti following the January 12, 2010 earthquake is either taking a lot longer than expected or is going reasonably well.

Darren Hercyk, Haiti country director for Catholic Relief Services, has found the perspective that prevails depends on who is visiting on a given day.

A girl sits outside a classroom at St. Anthony of Padua Church in the rural community of Petite Riviere des Nippes, Haiti, in this March 2011 photo. CNS/Bob Roller

A girl sits outside a classroom at St. Anthony of Padua Church in the rural community of Petite Riviere des Nippes, Haiti, in this March 2011 photo. CNS/Bob Roller

For newcomers, he told Catholic News Service recently, the country’s seemingly overwhelming disarray is a shock and they wonder where the billions of dollars in aid promised by the nations of the world immediately after the earthquake has gone.

“Others would be amazed by how much has been done,” Hercyk said.

He prefers to focus on what has been done, having been in Haiti for a year and a half guiding Catholic Relief Services’ largest country program.

For Hercyk and the hundreds of CRS staffers, the effort is more than rebuilding structures and facilities; it’s about strengthening Haitian institutions nationwide. Give Haiti another decade, he said.

Haitians need to see the change coming from Haitians,” he said from his office in the Delmas neighbourhood of the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince. “The road to sustainability goes through strengthening Haitian institutions.”

Those institutions include nongovernmental organizations and the Catholic Church.

“Strengthening Haitian institutions doesn’t mean just coordinating with them. It really means getting in there and having them do the project and you working with them while they’re doing them. That’s the commitment we’re seeing much more today,” he explained

“At CRS we realize we won’t see long-lasting change unless we invest in the church,” he said.

Among the efforts getting attention are education, health care, safety and security, housing, food and nutrition and more.

But Hercyk stressed patience.

Nearly 172,000 people remained in more than 300 tent camps Sept. 30, according to the International Organization for Migration, even though hundreds of thousands of displaced people have returned to their neighborhoods or moved in with relatives. In many cases the housing that is available is subpar and expensive. People everywhere live in tight quarters.

Affordable,  safe housing is among Haiti’s greatest needs. In response, CRS has set out in developing a pilot program with U.S. Agency for International Development in the community of Caradeaux. It calls for building 125 units whereby people can develop a sense of home ownership. If it works, it will be a model for other areas around the overcrowded capital, where nearly a third of Haiti’s 10 million citizens live.

Two other programs also deserve mention.

CRS continues to develop a country-wide education program that takes advantage of the strengths of a particular school and helps others see where improvements are necessary. The program stems from a survey released in June 2012 that tabulated details on every school in the country including data on the obvious, such as teacher salaries and availability of technology, and the not so obvious, such as access to safe drinking water and waste removal.

The report is being used to identify shortcomings, roadblocks to improvements, teacher training needs and building needs so that resources can be funneled appropriately to Catholic schools, the largest provider of education in Haiti. For the record, Catholic schools account for 15 percent of schools in Haiti, while public schools number just 12 percent of schools. The remainder are run by other religious groups or private entities.

A bed is seen in a room at St. Francis de Sales Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jan. 30, 2010, weeks after it was destroyed by an earthquake. CNS/Bob Roller

A bed is seen in a room at St. Francis de Sales Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jan. 30, 2010, weeks after it was destroyed by an earthquake. CNS/Bob Roller

On the health care front, CRS and the Catholic Health Association in the U.S. have helped build a nationwide network of eight hospitals — with two others about to join — to share information, purchase equipment and medication, improve business operations and offer training programs. Hercyk credited CHA’s technical know-how for improving hospital operations.

“Our role is to create the network which can be a stand-alone institution,” he said.

Meanwhile, construction continues on the new St. Francis de Sales Hospital in the capital. The hospital was destroyed in the earthquake, but served as a triage center for some of the most seriously wounded people for weeks under tents set up in an outdoor courtyard. Hercyk said CRS plans to turn over the completed build on Oct. 1 with the goal of opening the state-of-the-art facility in time for the fifth anniversary of the disaster.

Fallout from the introduction of cholera in 2011 continues to plague Haiti, however. While incidences are down, any major rainstorm will continue to push the water-borne illness into new areas. Health care workers have done tremendous work limiting the disease in a country rife with health care challenges.

Through Dec. 19, more than 695,700 cases of the disease had been reported by this PDF Haitian Ministry of Public Health and Population, with 8,515 deaths.

Courtesy of: CN

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“Ark of Return” Unveiled as Permanent Memorial to Re-Tell the Stories of 15 Million Slaves

English: African Burial Ground National Monume...

English: African Burial Ground National Monument, New York City Deutsch: African Burial Ground National Monument, New York City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Manhattan-based architect of Haitian descent was recently announced as the winner of an international competition to design a memorial that will be permanently on display at United Nations Headquarters in New York to honour victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade.

Unveiling Rodney Leon’s “‘Ark of Return”, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the memorial “will serve as a reminder of the bravery of those slaves, abolitionists and unsung heroes who managed to rise up against an oppressive system, fight for their freedom and end the practice.”
The ceremony, held on the eve of the General Assembly’s annual debate, was also attended by the President of the body’s 68th session, John Ashe, who commended all participants in the competition for “being a voice of change and hope” whose ability to create meaningful artwork “deepens our faith in human goodness and decency, and for this, we are all grateful.”

The piece by Mr. Leon, a designer and architect of the African Burial Ground National Monument in lower Manhattan, features a “symbolic spiritual space and object where one can interact and pass through for acknowledgement, contemplation, meditation, reflection, healing, education and transformation,” according to its creator.

Mr. Leon’s work was selected from among 310 design proposals from 83 countries in a competition launched two years ago by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), with support from the UN Department of Public Information’s Remember Slavery Programme, and Member States from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the African Union. Jamaica, as the Chairman of the Permanent Memorial Committee, was represented at today’s event by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.

UNECO Director-General Irina Bokova, who also participated, said she was “moved” to be participating in the event given she just returned from Haiti where the memory of slavery and the slave trade carries precious significance not just of suffering but also of “victorious fight from oppression for freedom”.

Slavery

Slavery (Photo credit: quadelirus)

The design had to be created around the theme of “Acknowledging the Tragedy; Considering the legacy; Lest we forget “. It was to be not only a symbol, but part of an educational process in memory of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade, and to architecturally embody each affected region of the transatlantic slave trade – Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and the Americas.
It also had to artistically complement to the landscape of the UN Headquarters, described by UNESCO as “an iconic site that will deepen, both visually and spiritually, the visitor’s experience of this important environment.”

The winning design was unanimously chosen by a committee of five international judges who met at UN Headquarters in August. Ahead of the judging, they spoke with UN Television about how their decisions were shaped.UN Television about how their decisions were shaped.

Ashfar Isahq is the Chairman of the International Children’s Art Foundation. He said he founded the organization to harness children’s imagination for positive change.

“At the end of the day, I and my work with children means that I have to look at an inner voice that tells me that this is what children and future generations will like,” Mr. Isahq said. “I listen to that inner voice to make my choice.”

Curator and artist Dominique Fontaine said she was looking for a certain aesthetic value, one “that will appeal to the viewer.”

From New York University, Michael Gomez, a professor of History and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies who specializes in the African Diaspora, said he was primarily interested in identifying a piece that spoke directly to the experience of the transatlantic slave trade and the significance of that trade.

“I was interested in finding a project that would in some way give expression to that experience, and would allow those who would visit the memorial to have a good sense of what that experience was about and its ongoing implication for various societies,” Mr. Gomez told UN Producer, Mary Ferreira.

Meanwhile, David Boxer, a former curator at the National Gallery of Jamaica said the real challenge for him was to find a piece that both spoke to the tragedy itself – which he said required a memorial in a “more traditional sense” – and something that is inspirational.

Mr. Boxer said he was looking for a piece “that looks to the future, that deals with the whole question of hope. That things are going to improve, that things are going to become better. So it’s how do you combine those two sentiments into a single monument.”

Completing the jury, Nadia Bakhurji, and architect, women’s empowerment advocate and   former Board Member of Saudi Council of Engineers, said she knew the winning design right away.

“I had emotional reactions to some of the sculptures and I knew which one would be the right one because it has to be the one that will really inspire thought-provoking ideas, make you step back and say – oh my God, is that really what happened and how can we prevent that from happening again,” Ms. Bakhurji said.

She added that she was also looking for a design that bridged educational and spiritual experiences.

 

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