Returning to see a long-time friend and if there were changes in Haiti. Arriving in Port au Prince, Haiti, Mike and I descended the aircraft’s steps as we did so many times before. The heat and humidity, even on the first day of February, reminded my partner and me we weren’t in Wisconsin anymore. The new
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“Doing nothing” is not what one hopes for from today’s high school and college graduates — occasionally, there’s a key lesson learned. “When we went to Haiti, we learned about doing nothing.” At least that’s the way I remember their high school graduation talk began. It wasn’t a reflection on Haiti, but rather, on two over-achieving
Could pronouncing names correctly be the first step in international diplomacy? “See the world before you settle down,” my mother used to say. And then she would underline it with: “And be a good houseguest for the sake of international relations.” I took her advice to heart — she’d done her share of international travel. On my fourth
The UN should take action in Haiti. Politically, situationally, and morally, it has the most resources to bring the best solutions to ending the cholera epidemic
Haitian voters looking for their ID number on the wall prior to voting. Photo: John Carroll Voting in Haiti is a relatively new activity. The first democratically held elections were held 25 years ago in which the later-deposed Jean-Bertrand Aristide became president. The process tends to be a tad chaotic — perhaps a result of the determination and verve of the Haitian people
The people in these tents are surrounded by ocean to the south, a desert to the west, and the Dominican to the east. They do not have many choices.
Neither government wants these gentle people.
Small, apparently unimportant events, that take place in Haiti and other developing nations often don’t make any sense to those of us who live without poverty. Dr. John Carroll wrote this touching, but strong, piece on his blog, Dispatches from Haiti. He addresses a difficult subject and offers a unique clarity with his essay: Violence in the Slum
I came across a well-researched and beautifully written/photographed article by Amy Bracken (long time writer on Haiti) that really describes the difficulties that plague the Haitian/Dominican Republic border and the outcomes that diplomacy doesn’t seem to address. This story gets seen time and again, border after border — whether European, Asian, American or Caribbean. The
Ethnic cleansing is the result but economics is the cause. Read Jonathan Katz’ excellent description of the newest disaster inflicted upon Haiti.
California filmaker Jeff Kaufman released the preview of his new film of Father Joseph , the founder of the Haitian bank and micro-lending institution, Fonkoze. Although release dates are not yet out, even the preview provides a lovely and accurate portrait of Fondwa, a community we’ve often driven through on the way from Port au