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US stands in way of Haiti’s democratic transition, Rep. Levin says

In the year since the U.S. House of Representatives Haiti Caucus officially formed, the group has sent a letter to President Joe Biden requesting the administration withdraw support from the Ariel Henry government. It publicly advocated to U.S. agencies for changes to migrant policies and made requests for Haitian-American constituents to give input. What it hasn’t been able to do is marshall the full power of the United States of America to help Haiti as quickly as the caucus’ four members woul

Haitian-American artistic director shakes up the tried-and-true at Chicago playhouse

CHICAGO – The sonorous voice of Lanise Antoine Shelley starts her Saturday-morning podcast — not with acting tips or talk of her upcoming play — but with how to understand the nuances of interracial and international adoption. “When They Were Young: Amplifying Voices of Adoptees” is borne of Shelley’s own experiences of self-doubt as an adoptee from Haiti. In October 2020 on her birthday, an event that often triggers adoptees, Shelley acknowledged her own self worth on that day’s episode, sayin

With Facebook fundraising not available in Haiti, group rethinks strategies for support

SEGUIN, Haiti — A community healthcare organization, Health in the Mountain, was just getting off the ground in Haiti when a devastating earthquake struck in the summer of 2021. The group raised $1,000 from friends and colleagues in the United States for medicines and materials used in two mobile medical clinics. When it tried to raise more funds through Facebook — well known for its effective fundraising pages — it couldn’t. Jacky Joseph, the group’s executive director and a nurse, scoured the

In Midwest, newer Haitian immigrants find a warm welcome

CHICAGO — Ricardo Monesteine and Carole Désarme will be spending Christmas with their two young children in a northwest suburb of Chicago this year. The Christmas tree is decorated, and the holiday feasts have already begun. “I ate such a large meal of rice and beans at the buffet,” Monesteine said through a translator on a recent evening, “that I was too full to drink the kremas and eat the cake that followed.” Less than three months prior, the family was slogging through the humid jungle of

Three months after Haiti quake, a different way of rebuilding takes shape

A building evaluator assesses an earthquake-damaged home in Les Cayes, Haiti, with equipment that measures the cracks and gives an estimate of the amount of material needed. At the end of the detailed assessment, the evaluator places a QR code on the entryway door. The homeowner can then scan it with her smartphone to view the extent of the repairs and their status in the system. This is how Dr. Kit Miyamoto, CEO of Miyamoto International, describes the effort to help rebuild the town shaken by

Haitians, mixed about outside help, debate toll of crises over scars of foreign intervention

NEW YORK / HAITI - As Haiti becomes further enmeshed in violence and turmoil this year — with armed groups blocking crucial deliveries of fuel supplies as the latest crisis, all while ill-equipped police stand by — calls have emerged for the international community to step in more vigorously. Some Haitians, like Michel Philemon of La Montagne, a remote village in southern Haiti, believe they cannot rely on outside help to solve the country’s problems. Outsiders could assist, Philemon admits —

Resilience reimagined: In Haiti, rising awareness of need for mental health services

Bob, a 48-year-old resident of Port-au-Prince, WhatsApp’d a series of texts, photos and videos to his friends abroad in one thread. The first video, in early July, featured a report of gang killings near his home. One week later, he texted, “It’s sad news,” attached to an article about President Jovenel Moïse’s assassination. Soon after, Bob sent six photos documenting a standoff with police in the capital and, then, a video of foot-deep blackish rainwater, strewn with garbage, rushing through
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