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Anti-government protests in Haiti are not letting up

By Mark A. Bonta / October 23, 2019 / 0 Comments

Haitian president Jovenel Moise, though still supported by allies such as the United States, has been confronted by huge, violent protests since February. Armed with sticks and stones, protestors are now taking their main demand — that Moise step down — directly to his home, by marching on his official residence and in one case […]

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No one knows how many undocumented Haitians died after Dorian destroyed two Bahamas shantytowns

By Josh Wilson / September 7, 2019 / Comments Off on No one knows how many undocumented Haitians died after Dorian destroyed two Bahamas shantytowns

Two shantytowns on Abaco Island in the Bahamas were destroyed by Hurricane Dorian — and Haitian activists in Florida are pleading with the government of the Bahamas to suspend its strict immigration enforcement policies while the bodies are collected, reports the Miami New Times. Known as the Mudd and Pigeon Peas, the two shantytowns account […]

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Haitian death squads killed dozens in 2018 political massacre, lawyers say

By Mark A. Bonta / August 27, 2019 / Comments Off on Haitian death squads killed dozens in 2018 political massacre, lawyers say

The Port Au Prince neighborhood of Lasalin was attacked by government-organized death squads in November 2018, leaving more than 70 people dead or missing, and schools, homes and hospitals in flames, according to a report.

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Farewell to Haiti’s mountaintops

By Mark A. Bonta / November 7, 2018 / Comments Off on Farewell to Haiti’s mountaintops

The future of Haiti’s old-growth forests is dire, according to a recent study. Between 1988 and 2016, 42 of the 50 highest mountains in the country lost all of their old growth. Overall, ancient forests dropped from 4.4 percent to just 0.32 percent of Haiti’s total land area. Several of these forests were in national […]

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Billions missing from Haitian social fund

By Mark A. Bonta / September 11, 2018 / Comments Off on Billions missing from Haitian social fund

According to the Haitian Senate, almost $4 billion of a social fund generated from petroleum sales have gone missing, spurring an international protest movement demanding accountability. Spurred by high-profile hashtag campaigns last August launched by Haitian celebrities, the protestors — mostly young and many of them female — rallied and marched in Haiti, the United […]

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Dorian hit Bahamas poor hardest

By Mark A. Bonta / September 16, 2019 / Comments Off on Dorian hit Bahamas poor hardest

Do natural disasters discriminate by social class and ethnic background? Judging by the tragedy still unfolding in the demolished shantytown of Mudd, on Abaco island in the Bahamas, the answer is a resounding “Yes.” Residents who remain after Hurricane Dorian speak of at least 1,000 dead, many of these Haitians immigrants, who have long suffered […]

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