(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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(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

Explainer: The hunt for Haitian president’s assassins: https://t.me/reuters_news_agency/90876
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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.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: July.24: 2021:

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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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#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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