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Irish Times – Haiti cholera toll reaches 250

October 25, 2010 Leave a comment

From the Irish Times:

Haiti cholera toll reaches 250

People wait to be treated in a triage medical tent setup outside St Nicolas Hospital in St Marc, Haiti, where a cholera outbreak has hit the rural countryside. Photograph: Getty Images.

People wait to be treated in a triage medical tent setup outside St Nicolas Hospital in St Marc, Haiti, where a cholera outbreak has hit the rural countryside. Photograph: Getty Images.

The United Nations has warned that a cholera outbreak in Haiti, which has killed some 250 people, is likely to widen.

Nigel Fisher, the UN humanitarian coordinator in Haiti, said the disease was likely to spread despite a multinational medical response that has slowed down the epidemic.

“We must gear up for a serious epidemic, even though we hope it won’t happen,” Mr Fisher said.

More than 3,000 cholera cases have been reported so far in the poor, earthquake-hit Caribbean nation, which is experiencing its second humanitarian crisis since a catastrophic earthquake on January 12th.

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The Star – Haiti on precipice of cholera disaster

October 24, 2010 Leave a comment

From The Star:

Haiti on precipice of cholera disaster

Health officials confirm a rural outbreak has spread to the capital Port-au-Prince, with its armies of vulnerable tent dwellers left homeless by January’s earthquake.

A Haitian woman screams in agony in the back of a transport truck over the loss of her husband outside St. Nicolas Hospital after a cholera outbreak hit the rural countryside.

A Haitian woman screams in agony in the back of a transport truck over the loss of her husband outside St. Nicolas Hospital after a cholera outbreak hit the rural countryside.

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Al Jazeera – Report: Haiti recovery ‘paralyzed’

October 8, 2010 Leave a comment

From Al Jazeera:

Report: Haiti recovery ‘paralyzed’

Refugees International says agencies co-ordinating Haitian relief efforts are “dysfunctional” and “inexperienced”.
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The report says little effort has been made to relocate displaced Haitians from 1,300 temporary camps [GALLO/GETTY]

More than a million Haitians remain in squalid “emergency phase” camps, nearly nine months after January’s earthquake, and security is still a major problem, a new report says.

The findings from US-based advocacy group Refugees International said that more than 70 per cent of refugee camps in Haiti face daily threats of violence and intimidation.

“The people of Haiti are still living in a state of emergency, with a humanitarian response that appears paralyzed,” the report said. “Gang leaders or land owners are intimidating the displaced. Sexual, domestic, and gang violence in and around the camps is rising.”

It charged that the non-governmental organizations co-ordinating the recovery efforts in the country were often dysfunctional and lacking in experience.

“Action is urgently needed to protect the basic human rights of people displaced by the earthquake,” Refugees International said.

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Noam Chomsky: US role in Haiti destruction

September 5, 2010 Leave a comment
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