Clinton Global Initiative (Haiti)

September 23rd, 2010 by Chaz (0) Haiti

Sorry for the lateness. I just stumbled on this. Better late than never especially if your at work right?

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Haiti as it is seen by the non industry camera lens

April 7th, 2010 by Chaz (0) Haiti

I would like to thank the LeClerc Brothers for such great work depicting the people of my country that sculpted my being. To outsiders these things may look strange or different but if one were to make a major production of Haitian life I would only had it made like this. The last video says some real things. The socially conscious readers should enjoy this one.

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Digicel Haiti Relief Fund – Rise Again (Haiti)

February 20th, 2010 by Chaz (0) Haiti

I want apologize to all the people sick of hearing about Haiti all the time and I want to apologize to the people that want more news of what is going on. This video really almost made me tear. This is a great uplifting video. The people that are in this song just in awe. I want someone to confirm if that is Cassie in the video. I swear its her but I dont know. I love the half massed flags and love that they had a crazy line up of Caribbean artists.

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We Are The World 25 Haiti Edition

February 12th, 2010 by Chaz (0) Haiti

Jean Jacques Dessalines Statue in Champs de Mars

I find this to be a very interesting song.  Interesting not good or bad but interesting in a way that I feel touched that so many of today’s icons as well as “yesterday’s” icons would gather in the name of my people.  Looking at it from an industry stance it must have been hard to clear such a huge song as well getting all of those people under one roof.  Jennifer Hudson, Celine Dion, Pink, Carlos Santana, Janet Jackson, Usher, Randy Jackson, Musiq, Akon, and many more.  Another thing that really grabs me is they have people from different camps that certain people in those camps had an issue with each other.  Kanye being from Jay-z’ camp had a spat with T-Pain (D.O.A).  LL Cool J which has a musical issue with T-Pain (Snap my fingers like my chorus) as well as Kanye repping Jay-z’ camp once more.  I don’t thing that these issue are huge enough to prevent such a thing but just interesting to see the aftermath of them being around eachother.  Peeps Nipsey Hustle and Swizzy doing nothing really along with Snoop and Busta.

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Haiti unveils plan to move 400,000

January 28th, 2010 by Chaz (0) Haiti

My dad sent this to me.  Thought I would share this.  From what I read of this it sounds like they actually listened to Wyclef.  Very interesting how people can say one person cannot make a difference.  I would like to pat everyone on their back that contributed in some way shape or form.  Time, money, and food are needed still and will be needed for quite some years.  Anyway its a long article let me let you read it.  Thanks for the love as well guys.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Haiti’s government on Thursday unveiled plans to move 400,000 earthquake victims to new settlements outside the destroyed capital.

The first wave of 100,000 people were to be sent to transitional tent villages of 10,000 each near Croix Des Bouquets, a suburb north of Port-au-Prince, Interior Minister Paul Antoine Bien-Aime told reporters.

The minister did not provide a timeline, but Brazilian U.N. peacekeepers were already leveling land at a site where the Inter-American Development Bank planned to help build permanent homes for 30,000 people.

The plan would let displaced Haitians help build their own new homes under a food-for-work scheme, allowing them to stay close to the area where they had made a living.

Many for now were jammed into haphazard camps with no toilets, sleeping outdoors because their homes were destroyed or out of fear that aftershocks would bring down more buildings. Aftershocks of 4.8 and 4.9 magnitude shook the capital on Thursday, further stressing traumatized survivors.

The United Nations has counted nearly 450 homeless encampments in Port-au-Prince alone and urged the government to begin consolidating them to streamline food distribution.

The city’s water system is only partially functional and tanker trucks are delivering water to makeshift camps where people lined up to fill their buckets.

Violence and looting has subsided as U.S. troops provided security for water and food distribution, and thousands of displaced Haitians heeded the government’s advice to seek shelter in villages outside Port-au-Prince.

More than 13,000 U.S. military personnel are in Haiti and on 20 ships offshore, and the number is expected to soar to 20,000 by Sunday. Troops landed helicopters on the lawn of the destroyed presidential palace to pick up the seriously wounded and fly them to the U.S. Navy hospital ship Comfort, which has advanced surgical units.

Small grocery shops and barber shops, as well as some pharmacies, were open again in Port-au-Prince, some extending credit to regular customers short of cash.

Banks were to reopen on Friday in the provinces and on Saturday in Port-au-Prince, giving most Haitians their first access to cash since the quake hit, Commerce Minister Josseline Colimon Fethiere told Reuters.

1,400 flights waiting to land
The U.S. military on Thursday said it was tapping another airport in neighboring Dominican Republic to help bring in relief supplies and that the capital’s harbor had been reopened to large ships bringing aid.

Gen. Douglas Fraser, head of Southern Command, said that while 120 to 140 flights a day are now able to land at the Port-au-Prince airport, the military has a waiting list of 1,400 flights.

In addition to alternative airfields opened this week in Jacmel, Haiti, and one in the neighboring Dominican Republic, another airport is now open in the Dominican Republic, Fraser said.

Fraser added that the U.S. military effort has cost more than $100 million so far, but he could not say whether that was just military operating costs or if it also included the physical supplies (medical, meals, etc.) that the military has provided.

At the harbor in Port-au-Prince, U.S. crews were able to move enough debris to open some dock space.

“We’re on our third vessel and the structural engineers have OK’d this operation we are doing,” Coast Guard Lt. Commander Mark Gibbs said Thursday.

Also Thursday, two aftershocks, one a magnitude-4.9, prompted rescue crews to briefly abandon work on ruined buildings, though there were no reports of casualties or damage.

They followed a magnitude-5.9 temblor a day earlier. At least 50 sizable aftershocks have jolted the city, sending nervous Haitians fleeing repeatedly into the streets — and keeping many sleeping in the open.

The 7.0 magnitude quake which roiled Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, on Jan. 12 killed an estimated 100,000 to 200,000 people and left the poverty-stricken country looking to the world for basic sustenance.

A week after the earthquake, and with fewer signs of more survivors buried under rubble, international rescue teams have begun pulling out.

A Florida search and rescue team left Haiti on Wednesday and it was reported that teams from Belgium, Luxembourg and Britain did as well.

U.S. and international teams have rescued 122 people, the White House said, while Haitians themselves rescued many others in the hours and days after the quake.

Some teams were still working with sniffer dogs at the collapsed Hotel Montana, where a whiteboard listed the names of 10 people found dead and 20 more still missing inside. Crews had treaded gingerly, shifting rubble by hand, but were switching to heavy machinery to dig up the bulk of the hotel.

“As well as being hopeful you have to be realistic and after nine days, reality says it is more difficult to find people alive but it’s not impossible,” said Chilean Army Major Rodrigo Vasquez.

Dying from infection
Most of the basics in Port-au-Prince are still missing or barely functional. Hospitals are overwhelmed and doctors lack anesthesia, forcing them to operate with only local painkillers.

Doctors Without Borders cited 10-to-12-day backlogs of patients at some of its surgical sites as well as infections of untreated wounds. “Some victims are already dying of sepsis,” the group said.

“The next health risk could include outbreaks of diarrhea, respiratory tract infections and other diseases among hundreds of thousands of Haitians living in overcrowded camps with poor or nonexistent sanitation,” said Dr. Greg Elder, deputy operations manager for Doctors Without Borders in Haiti.

Haitian government figures relayed by the European Commission put the death toll at 200,000, with 80,000 buried in mass graves. The commission now estimates 2 million homeless, up from 1.5 million, and says 250,000 are in need of urgent aid.

“Are we satisfied with the job we are doing? Definitely not,” said Jon Andrus, deputy director of the Pan American Health Organization. “But progress is being made. Think of what we started with when the world came crashing down on Haiti. No roads, only rubble and dead bodies. No communication, only death and despair.”

Workers are carving out mass graves on a hillside north of Port-au-Prince, using earth-movers to bury 10,000 earthquake victims in a single day.

In the sparsely populated wasteland of Titanyen, north of Port-au-Prince, burial workers said the macabre task of handling the seemingly never-ending flow of bodies was traumatizing.

“I have seen so many children, so many children. I cannot sleep at night and, if I do, it is a constant nightmare,” said Foultone Fequiert, 38, his face covered with a T-shirt against the overwhelming stench.

Workers say they have no time to give the dead proper religious burials or follow pleas from the international community that bodies be buried in shallow graves from which loved ones might eventually retrieve them.

“We just dump them in, and fill it up,” said Luckner Clerzier, 39, who was helping guide trucks to another grave site farther up the road.

Many of the survivors are living on high-protein biscuits or dry emergency rations. The Food for the Poor charity managed to reopen its kitchens in Port-au-Prince and served up vats of rice, beans and chicken, giving thousands of people their first hot meal in more than a week.

The city’s water system was only partially functional but tanker trucks began to deliver water to the larger makeshift camps, where vendors did brisk business selling charcoal to families who were using small tin barbecues to cook.

Fuel prices doubled and long lines of cars and motorbikes formed at gas stations.

Landline telephones in Port-au-Prince were still down but two wireless networks had spotty service, said U.S. Federal Communications Commission officials helping with the relief.

Americans flock to adopt
In addition to giving money, many Americans are contacting adoption advocacy groups, which reported receiving dozens of calls a day.

“The agencies are being flooded with phone calls and e-mails,” said Tom Difilipo, president and CEO of the advocacy group Joint Council on International Children’s Services. “The response is ‘Can we help with these children by adopting them?’”

Before new adoptions can occur, officials need to establish that the children are identified by the Haitian government as orphans; there have been reports of families selling their children to adoption brokers.

UNICEF will now work to find children who are alone and determine whether they are orphans or have become separated from family, spokesman Patrick McCormick said. If they have relatives, the agency will work to reunite them. Alternative and long-term choices such as international adoption would be options only after that.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

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