Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Little Haiti, photography by stefano Giovannini

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Little Haiti

Photography by Stefano Giovannini
Music: Generation X by Wyclef Jean

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Haitian refugees fleeing Francois Duvalier's military dictatorship began arriving in Miami and settling in the neigborhoods of Lemon City, Little River and Buena Vista.


Anger & Hope: Haitian Families Furious Over School Collapse

Photo borrowed from media (not from this article)

Anger & Hope: Haitian Families Furious Over School Collapse

November, 11 2008 By Bill Quigley

"No one cares about the children, living or dead," one furious father of children in the collapsed school outside of Port au Prince Haiti swore Sunday in an interview. "No one has come to provide any counseling to the children and families who survived. Nothing has been done for the families whose children died. The children now have no school and no books. They are sick and have nightmares. Government officials and people from all the NGOs, they all come, take pictures, make speeches and they leave us with nothing. We need action!"

Reports of the deaths caused by the collapse of the school on Friday continue to climb, reaching nearly 100 on Sunday. Several hundred other children escaped or were rescued. Many are still missing.

"The families of the victims are mad," the father said. "But it is not just the families who are mad. All the people know the government is not making good decisions. We do not trust that the government will help us. No doctors have come. Nobody comes except those who want to take pictures, make reports, and make money. We have been promised everything, but we have received nothing. Watch," he said. "After fifteen days, no one is even going to be talking about this. Only the victims and the families will be talking about it. The government and some other people will get some money out of the disaster and the children and their families and the community will see none of it."

Haiti has been plagued by a string of disasters this year with over 800 dead from four hurricanes that raked the island nation; many of those dead were also children. Rest of article at

Monday, November 10, 2008

Florida fireman Nathaniel Lasseur part of rescue teams in Haiti

Fireman Nathaniel Lasseur carries a child who was rescued from under the rubble of a school that collapsed in Petionville, Haiti, Friday, Nov. 7, 2008. The 'La Promesse' school, where roughly 500 students crowded into several floors, collapsed during classes killing at least 47 people and injuring many more.
(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Haiti School Collapses...OCHA Situation Report No. 4

Source: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
Date: 09 Nov 2008

Haiti: School Collapses in Port au Prince OCHA Situation Report No. 4

Search and rescue operations are on-going conducted by Haitian, French and American rescue teams that are working by shift through the debris of the La Promesse school that collapsed last Friday morning in Nerette, Petion ville commune, Port-au-Prince.

Teams identified the location of four dead bodies trapped beneath the concrete; however the precarious safety conditions of the collapsed building only allowed removing one corpse.
At this time chances to find survivors are very little. Nevertheless search and rescue teams are not giving up and they agreed that the demolition phase of the building starts in 2 hours - Haitian and the French teams will try to turn around the last step of concrete (about 800 Kg) - then allowing the three teams to continue search operations. Operations are expected to pursue until Tuesday.

Official information provided by the Haitian Civil Protection Unit shows that: 89 victims are reported dead; 150 wounded persons have been transferred to hospitals.

It is still unknown how many children attended school last Friday morning. The La Promesse school had capacity for 700 students in two shits. It is estimated that 250-260 children were in school when it crumbled, leaving students, teachers and some street vendors under the concrete.

The Government is preparing a plan to support the families of the victims.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Mia Farrow's Photostream/Slideshow

CLICK LINK BELOW TO VIEW MIA FARROW'S PHOTOS FROM HER SEPTEMBER 2008 TRIP TO CITE SOLEIL & THE CITY OF GONAIVES WHILE IT WAS UNDER WATER AND MUD. GOOD AERIAL SHOTS OF GONAIVES. Click on options and check option to have descriptions on the screen. Following Haiti slides are photos from her trip to Africa.

In Focus Haiti: House Call in Hell by Antigone Barton

In Focus Haiti: House Call in Hell
Learn more about this video at: This video takes you inside the walls of one of the worst prisons in the Western hemisphere. Overcrowding, poor sanitation, and a general lack of funding in Haiti's National Penitentiary have led to exorbitant HIV and Tuberculosis rates. Reporter Antigone Barton and videographer Stephen Sapienza take a first-hand look at these conditions and an American doctor working to correct them. After this video was taken, USAID authorized $200,000 in emergency funding for health and sanitation improvements. Visit the interactive narrative at:

Haiti's Separate Worlds for Rich and Poor (Al Jazeera)

Haiti's Separate Worlds for Rich and Poor - 19 Oct 08 -
Haiti may be one of the poorest countries in the world, but it's also home to some very wealthy communities. It's a situation that's creating a significant divide between the haves and the have-nots. Al Jazeera's Teresa Bo reports from the capital Port au Prince on the huge disparity between rich and poor.

NOTE: Man identified in video as Harry Desire is actually Harry's brother, Harres Désiré.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Haiti Hope

Haitian Hope - Free videos are just a click away

BZ Films ( is proud to have produced Haitian Hope, a short film bringing to light the issues in Haiti brought on by four storms that devastated the small country. The film was produced in conjunction with Partners In Health, an organization with the simple goal to do whatever it takes. Partners in Health is a worldwide organization dedicated to bringing health care to those who need it. For BZ, creating this film was moving and heart breaking. The goal was to bring awareness. BZ encourages you to watch, share and support Partners In Health.

Pregnant women desperate for free emergency care in Haiti

Haiti 2007 © Julie Rémy
A patient waits for an available bed five hours after being admitted to the hospital.


Press Release
November 6, 2008
Pregnant Women Desperate for Free Emergency Care in Haiti
Doctors Without Borders Struggling to Provide Care

Port-au-Prince, November 6, 2008 – Teams from the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières’ (MSF) are struggling to provide free, quality emergency care to pregnant women and their babies in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti.

Over the last month, hundreds of women have desperately sought emergency obstetric care at Jude-Anne hospital in Port-au-Prince. In October, hospital staff assisted a record high of 56 women giving birth in one day and received 160 women waiting for hospitalization. The hospital has been so overwhelmed by demand that mothers have given birth in the hospital’s waiting room, the staircases, and in the washrooms, essentially anywhere they could find space.

Read rest of press release at