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HAITI ACTION COMMITTEE UPDATE REPORT ON CHOLERA OUTBREAK / EPIDEMIC


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LucyKalei
- 3166 days ago - haitisolidarity.net
544 so far dead in rural valley north of capital. 9,123 ill with cholera. UN investigating raw sewage draining into tributary from local UN base as possible source of outbreak. In 2000,GWB blocked vital loans for H2O, sanitation in deliberate political..



   

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LucyKaleido S (82)
Sunday November 14, 2010, 10:49 am
These are the main points of this article, but I do recommend you go onto the site to get the whole story, as there are videos on different aspects of the cholera outbreak and for anyone interesting in Haiti & what is really going on there, the Haiti Action Committee is one of the best sites.

544 people have so far died of cholera in the rural Artibonite River valley north of the capital. Another 9,123 are ill with the acute diarrheal disease, a bacterial infection which spreads when food or water is contaminated by human waste containing the organism.


Health officials have reported the first signs that the disease has spread to the capital, Port-au-Prince, with 120 suspected cases under investigation. REFUGEE CAMP CONDITIONS RIPE FOR EPIDEMIC!! 1.3 million Haitians living in the vast “tent” cities of Port-au-Prince are in the path of a rapidly progressive illness whose potential was identified in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake. Cholera causes profuse, watery, high volume diarrhea that is rapidly dehydrating and is especially life-threatening to young children, the elderly, and the undernourished. Without immediate medical treatment, people can die of dehydration.Yet ten months later, with millions of dollars in donated aid relief, the proper infrastructure to provide safe living conditions in the refugee camps is utterly lacking. The rights of Haitian people to internationally mandated standards for displaced persons have been profoundly violated.

UN officials are investigating raw sewage draining into a tributary of the Artibonite River from a local UN (MINUSTAH) base as a possible source of the deadly outbreak. Al Jazeera reports that the unit moved into the area in early October.

GEORGE BUSH SET THE CRISIS IN MOTION: Cholera is a disease of poverty caused by lack of access to safe, clean water. Haiti has not had a documented case since the 1960s, but conditions in the lower Artibonite placed the region at high-risk for an outbreak of cholera even before the earthquake, according to Dr. Joia Mukherjee, chief medical officer for Partners in Health.

In 2008, Partners in Health working with the Robert Kennedy Center for Human Rights documented that in 2000 the Bush Administration blocked vital life-saving loans for water, sanitation and health from the Inter American Development Bank to the progressive government of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. This deliberate political maneuver to undermine Haiti’s democratic government had a direct impact on the city of St. Marc (population 220,000) and region of the lower Artibonite (population 600,000), among the areas slated for upgrading of the public water supply, depriving the people of their right to safe water.

WHAT TO DO

In the short term, health workers and community activists are mobilizing to carry out intensive education and prevention campaigns to control the spread of cholera, and get clean water to refugee camps.

The fundamental issue, however, remains the political crisis which denies Haiti democracy and human rights, and underlies persistent impoverishment of Haiti's people. As long as the predatory agenda of the United States, foreign and elite interests prevails in Haiti, the rights of the vast majority of Haitians are threatened.

It is time to listen to the voices of Haiti’s popular movement calling for an end to the UN military occupation, now entering its 7th year. It is time to demand free and fair elections that include Haiti’s largest political party, Fanmi Lavalas, and time to heed the widespread call for the return of Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

Donations to the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund will be forwarded to grassroots activists on the ground.

 

Bruce C D (89)
Monday November 15, 2010, 1:45 pm
Thanks, PD--

While we have done some good in Haiti, we have often done much harm. It seems we are now more interested in exploitation than self-determination, reconstruction and recovery.
 

LucyKaleido S (82)
Tuesday November 16, 2010, 3:44 am
There are several petitions that are VERY IMPORTANT and that EVERYONE should sign & FORWARD to everyone they know:

Cher has posted this Change.org petition to Secretary of State Clinton. Clinton's commitment to really helping Haiti is exposed in the petition text, though, and it is also extremely questionable, given Bill Clinton's role in 'shaping' (controlling) Haiti's future at the head on the Interim Commission, but it's worth signing nonetheless. The number of signatures is abysmally low, so we've got to change that !


I don't believe that Secretary Clinton has Haiti's and Haitians' best interests at heart, and no one can say if the Change.org petition has any chance of changing her mind:

Did you know that Bill Clinton heads an UNELECTED Interim Commission charged with planning Haiti’s future(WITHOUT CONSULTING HAITIANS!!) ?? Haitian President Preval has MERE “veto power” over the COMMISSION'S SCHEMES TO GRAB PROFITS FOR FOREIGN BUSINESS & HAITI's ELITES under the guise of recovery, touting garment sweatshops, renewed tourism, and export agriculture as the solution to Haiti’s problems.

Neo-liberal policies HAD ALREADY BEEN applied to Haiti, & had already failed, prior to the earthquake; they are one of the main reasons why the earthquake had such DEVASTATING EFFECTS! Neo-liberal policies caused MORE POVERTY in Haiti, rather than alleviating it ---- everyone agrees that the EFFECTS OF THE EARTHQUAKE were ALL THE MORE DEVASTATING that VAST NUMBERS of HAITIANS were already living in ABJECT POVERTY with little ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE, CLEAN WATER, ADEQUATE NOURISHING FOOD, & PROPER SHELTER

The Change.org petition does contain important information, though, about aid not getting through and it also includes this dire warning from Stefano Zannini, the Head of Mission for Médecins Sans Frontières (doctors without borders) in Haiti :
“If the number of cases continues to increase at the same rate, then we’re going to have to adopt some drastic measures to be able to treat people. We’re going to have to use public spaces and even streets. I can easily see this situation deteriorating to the point where patients are lying in the street, waiting for treatment. At the moment, we just don’t have that many options.”

DO THE STREETS OF HAITI NEED to be STREWN wth BODIES AGAIN for WASHINGTON to SENSE THE URGENCY?

Denial equals death and in light of the terrifying specter raised by those treating cholera patients on the ground, we must act now. Today the United Nations appealed for additional funds to fight cholera and the spokesman of the World Health Organization is predicting
---------------------200,000 CASES in the NEXT 6 to 12 MONTHS !!-----------------


But ensuring that international aid gets to Haitians who are ill and in need is only one PART of the PROBLEM:

Grassroots activists in Haiti are against the neo-liberal model that Bill Clinton is again trying to impose on Haiti. In previous attempts, it has already failed, caused MORE POVERTY rather than alleviating it ---- everyone agrees that the EFFECTS OF THE EARTHQUAKE were ALL THE MORE DEVASTATING that VAST NUMBERS of HAITIANS were already living in ABJECT POVERTY with little ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE, CLEAN WATER, ADEQUATE NOURISHING FOOD, & PROPER SHELTER---, and has the support of FOREIGN BUSINESS & Haitian ELITES, the only groups who will BENEFIT from it.

In order to be able to IMPOSE this NEO-LIBERAL approach to Haiti's problems, there is a STRUGGLE going on, as GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATIONS struggle to WREST CONTROL of Haiti's FUTURE from Clinton & Co ---with UN military backing--- & their TAKEOVER of HAITI'S POLITICAL & ECONOMIC systems.


Haiti’s Popular Organizations, among them thousands of organized grassroots women, reject the neoliberal plan, resolved to reassert the democratic programs of President Aristide and Fanmi Lavalas – education, jobs, housing, health care, sustainable agriculture. This powerful movement, a target of two coups and violent repression over the past 25 years, represents Haiti’s most sustained resistance since 1804.

The Haiti Action Committee wants people to know that the "Struggle for control of Haiti's future sharpens as refugee camps deteriorate, elections exclude Fanmi Lavalas, and Haitians demand return of President Aristide"

The November elections have again barred Fanmi Lavalas, the most popular party, from participation, making any real choice for Haitians impossible. Sham elections offer foreign investors a phony mandate and veneer of stability to pursue profits.

We Demand: Solidarity, not charity * No sham elections * Return President Aristide * End the violence and human rights abuses * End the UN occupation* "

UN troops are viewed & experienced as a repressive foreign military force of occupation! They are there to maintain 'order' so that the neo-liberal take-over can proceed without any opposition!!


So while it's true that "the rights of Haitian people to internationally mandated standards for displaced persons have been profoundly violated," & that there are "immediate, urgent life-saving steps that the U.S. State Department and USAID must take on behalf of the vulnerable earthquake survivors in Haiti, "ensuring that international aid gets to Haitians who are ill and in need is only one PART of the PROBLEM:

INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN CHARITY is not what Haitians WANT OR NEED in the long run or EVEN the SHORT TERM: They want real solutions to their political & economic crises - democracy ! sovereignty!

Please go to my other Haiti post to see what the situation is, and why humanitarian aid is not the only issue for Haiti:Take Action: Solidarity With Haitians Struggling to Control Their Future - NO to Sham Elections & Clinton Neo-Colonialism...


PETITIONS & TAKE ACTION Opportunities from the 'HAITI ACTION COMMITTEE' (Bay Area-based network of activists who have supported Haiti's struggle for democracy since 1991) & 'the INSTITUE FOR JUSTICE & DEMOCRACY IN HAITI' (IJDH), US-based grassroots organization that does human rights advocacy and pursues legal cases in Haitian, US & international courts :

1) Elections 2010: Take Action - Sign the petition: U.S. must Ensure Free, Fair and Inclusive Elections in Haiti Sponsored by 'the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti'

2) the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti: Be Part of the Solu­tion for Haiti: Make a Dif­fer­ence in Half an Hour a Week - Sign Up for "Half-Hour for Haiti" Action Alerts

3) the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti: 'Half Hour for Haiti' Action Alert: Help Rep. Maxine Waters Stop U.S. Taxpayers’ Good Money From Going to Bad Elections in Haiti! - this 'urgent action' is over now, but the article is very interesting & contains useful links.
 

Judith K (93)
Tuesday November 16, 2010, 3:47 am
It is true, the fundamental issues are never addressed..I find it very disturbing, that I have seen a report on CNN about this cholera crises, showing an etire storage room filled with medicine for cholera treatment, and that has never been given out. The answer was: We might need it, if we are having real high numbers. Sure, by not treating the lower numbers, you will see higher numbers. And the rural aereas never see any aid worker. Taking that into consideration, what is the sense of donating anyway?
 

LucyKaleido S (82)
Tuesday November 16, 2010, 4:35 am
I would send you a star, Judith, for your comment, but for the last sentence. We MUST continue to donate -- as long as you select your NGO carefully -- Doctors without Borders, for example... or Sean Penn's Haiti camps. There must be others. Just don't give any $$ to the US Clinton/Bush committee! What WAS Obama thinking when he put these two PREDITORS at the head of US aid to Haiti??

About Sean Penn's work in Haiti -- this is part 1 of 6 YouTube video clips of the Democracy Now! program on the ground in Haiti at Penn's camp for earthquake victims, 6 months after the earthquake.

And the people who know Haiti are NOT saying that donations should be stopped because aid is not getting through --

In the interview I'm providing the link to below (it's quite long), Kim Ives states:
"People should provide MATERIAL & FINANCIAL SUPPORT to the RESISTANCE being carried out by coalitions like PLONBAVIL, groups like the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, and Bureau des avocats internationaux (BAI -the Office/Bureau of International Lawyers), and media like Haiti Liberte."

This is part I of a very important interview, , "The Silent Coup in Haiti," a discussion & assessment of Haiti's of democratic crisis, with 5 key political figures on the ground in Haiti & abroad:

-- BRIAN CONCANNON is a founder and director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), a US-based grassroots organization that does human rights advocacy and pursues legal cases in Haitian, US and international courts.
-- KIM IVES is a member of the editorial board of Haiti Liberte, a progressive Haitian newspaper.
-- ROGER ANNIS is one of Canada’s foremost Haiti solidarity activists and a member of Canada Haiti Action Network.
-- AKINYELE UMOJA is an Associate Professor of African-American Studies at Georgia State University and founding member of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. He recently returned from meetings with popular organizations in Haiti.
-- NORA RASMAN is the Interim Director of Latin America and Caribbean Policy at TransAfrica Forum. She specializes in UN interventions in Haiti and has extensive post-earthquake experience on the ground in Haiti.

This is the INTRODUCTION to the discussion:
"Once again, the people of Haiti are being denied the government of their choosing. While mainstream media has focused public attention on ineligible candidates such as hip-hop artist Wyclef Jean, the most popular political party in Haiti, Fanmi Lavalas, has been banned from the November 28, 2010, Presidential and Parliamentary elections.

Fanmi Lavalas (Lavalas, or FL) grew out of the Lavalas movement that brought down the US-backed Duvalier dictatorship and ushered Jean-Bertrand Aristide to power in 1991. In 2000, during the last democratic election the party was permitted to participate in, it won 90 per cent of Haitians' votes, the equivalent of Canada’s Conservative, Liberal, NDP and Green parties combined; or the equivalent of the US's combined electoral support for Republicans and Democrats.

Lavalas' progressive democratic program and Aristide’s goal of lifting Haiti from “misery to poverty with dignity” has always been an unsavoury proposal for Haiti’s narrow elite and their supporters abroad. Two bloody coups d’etat have unseated Aristide: the first in 1991, backed by the US, and the second in 2004, supported also by Canada and France. In each case, thousands of FL activists and supporters were murdered and imprisoned, and Aristide was sent to exile in February 2004. Since the 2004 coup, FL has been banned from participating in Haitian politics.

Support for the party remains strong, though it currently faces significant challenges beyond its exclusion from the elections. The government of Rene Preval, on the other hand, is widely unpopular, especially in the aftermath of the catastrophic January, 2010 earthquake. An estimated 1.7 million survivors now live in unsafe, unsanitary makeshift camps for the internally displaced, facing food insecurity and forced evictions. It is in this climate that the November 2010 elections will be held. ..."

These are the questions that are discussed:

Is there any way of knowing if Fanmi Lavalas is as popular today as it was prior to the earthquake?
What is the reason for Fanmi Lavalas’ popularity?

What is the current state of Fanmi Lavalas?
How organized is it and how did the earthquake affect it?
Are there splits in the party?

Why have so many observers stated that the CEP, the organization that approves the official list of candidates, is not credible?

Why has the CEP banned Fanmi Lavalas from the electoral process?

If Fanmi Lavalas cannot run candidates, what choices are left to Haitians?

What could be the consequences for Haiti if credible elections are not held?

How is this going to play out on the ground in Haiti given the post-earthquake reality?

What has been the reaction in Canadian and American political circles to the banning of Fanmi Lavalas from the 2010 elections?

How about Canadian and American media? We hear a lot about Wyclef Jean but nothing about Fanmi Lavalas.

Is it fair to say that the international community does not want to see democracy in Haiti?
And if so, why, especially considering Haiti’s great need and the sums of money promised for reconstruction by the international community?

How important is this election to Haitians, especially given the struggle for survival since the earthquake?

What can concerned citizens in Canada and the US do about this issue?


I'll just print the answer to this last question from Part II of the interview: "What can concerned citizens in Canada and the US do about this issue?"

Brian Concannon: "Concerned citizens outside of Haiti need to protect our ideals, our tax dollars and Haitian voters against our own governments’ polices, by 1) staying informed about Haiti, and 2) staying involved. The IJDH has a program called "Half-Hour for Haiti," which helps people do both. Anyone can sign up on our website." (I've provided the link for signing up in my last comment)

Nora Rasman: "Concerned citizens abroad can argue for free, fair and transparent elections to move forward. Holding your government, as well as national and international non-governmental organizations, accountable for their activities is of the utmost importance. To this end, we suggest that people become engaged by contacting their elected officials to tell them the crisis on the ground has not ended while emphasizing the need for Haitian civil society organizations to be part of the long-term planning for reconstruction, including the electoral process. Or building concrete relationships with solidarity organizations in Haiti, the US and Canada, organizations that support a fair and representative electoral processes."

Akinyele Umoja: "We need to challenge our own governments. In the US, we need to ask ourselves the question of how Aristide can be returned to the country because we took him away. We need to understand our own government’s involvement in the impoverishment of Haiti. If people hadn’t stood up around the world against apartheid in South Africa, it wouldn’t have fallen, and we need to do the same work around the issue of Haiti."

Kim Ives: "People should provide material and financial support to the resistance being carried out by coalitions like PLONBAVIL, groups like the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti and Bureau des avocats internationaux (BAI), and media like Haiti Liberte."

 

LucyKaleido S (82)
Tuesday November 16, 2010, 4:51 am
PLONBAVIL is 'the National Platform of Base Organizations and State Victims,' one of whose key leaders is Yves Pierre-Louis.

Haiti Needs Free and Fair Elections! November 28 Election is Exclusionary and a Violation of Democratic Rights, from 'Haiti Liberte' (Haïti Liberté), the Haitian weekly that Kim Ives is editor of. (Articles are in French, but there is an English side to the site.)
 

LucyKaleido S (82)
Tuesday November 16, 2010, 5:07 am
Something else to read, more in depth : Haiti 2010: Exploiting Disaster, pdf, 28 pgs
 

LucyKaleido S (82)
Tuesday November 16, 2010, 8:17 am
UPDATES --- UPDATES --- UPDATES --- UPDATES ---

we are not longer talking about 544 DEATHS from cholera, but MORE THAN 800 ! "Media reports say over 800 people have now died from cholera in Haiti, including at least 10 so far in Port-au-Prince, where some 278 cases have been detected. (Center for Economic & Policy Research)

or STILL WORSE 917 deaths -- Al Jazeera; Nov 15 : "Haiti cholera death toll soars Death toll jumps to 917 as international organisations appeal for funds to fight epidemic"

Al Jazeera, Nov 16 : "Haiti cholera protest turns violent"- "Protesters clash with UN peacekeepers in second-largest city of Cap Haitien over epidemic that has killed more than 900 (Remember these are not peacekeepers, this is a repressive army of occupation for the Haitian people !!)

At least two people have been killed during clashes between protesters and UN troops in Haiti, where a cholera epidemic has claimed over 900 lives in about three weeks.

Protesters, who hold Nepalese UN peacekeepers responsible for the cholera outbreak, threw stones and threatened to set fire to a base in the country's second-largest city of Cap Haitien on Monday, Haitian radio and eyewitnesses reported.

There are also unconfirmed reports that one UN peacekeeper has been shot dead. The UN has denied that the Nepalese mission is responsible for the outbreak.

Troubled relationship
Al Jazeera's Cath Turner, en route to Cap Haitien, said that the situation "has been brewing for a while" with "very tense relations" between the UN peacekeepers stationed there and the local community.

"Back in August, a 16-year-old boy was found dead - he was hanging from a tree. And the Haitians believed that he was killed by the troops up there," she said. But the troops claimed the boy had committed suicide, and there was never a formal investigation into the boy's death, she added.

"As you can see, this is really the next phase of this deadly cholera outbreak - this real frustration against the troops - and these people in this community also believe that the UN troops, particularly the Nepalese, are responsible for bringing cholera into this country."

There are Nepalese as well as Chilean troops in Cap Haitien.

This isn't the first protest in Haiti, where crowds have taken to the streets, expressing anger at the Haitian government and the UN for failing to contain the outbreak.

Spreading epidemic
There are now cholera cases in every part of Haiti and UN agencies expect a "significant increase" in the number of people affected, a top UN official said on Monday.

"We have cases in every department," Nigel Fisher, a UN humanitarian co-ordinator in Haiti, said.

The UN and Haiti government had started a review of the epidemic and Fisher said that officials "foresee a significant increase" in the number of cases. He also said it was not unusual for hundreds of thousands of people to be hit by cholera in such an epidemic but added that many would be mild cases.

Dr Jim Wilson, from the Haiti Epidemic Advisory System, told Al Jazeera that the protests would make controlling the epidemic even more difficult. "What it means, ultimately, is more lives will be lost to the disease if we cannot get in there to provide medical support," he said.

The Haitian health ministry's LATEST FIGURES put the number of dead at 917 with MORE THAN 14,600 people TREATED in hospitals.


The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), Nov 12 - "the U.S. & WorldHealthOrg Preparing for Cholera Epidemic in Haiti “For Years to Come ” (i am providing the link to this article because I simply cannot reproduce all the links in the text; nothing is not stated without proof, thus a link)

Media reports say over 800 people have now died from cholera in Haiti, including at least 10 so far in Port-au-Prince, where some 278 cases have been detected. To deal with the worsening crisis, the UN is requesting some $164 million. The urgency of the situation was made clear by Elisabeth Byrs, a spokeswoman for the U.N. humanitarian office, who "told reporters in Geneva that the funds need to be provided quickly 'otherwise all our efforts can be outrun by the epidemic.'"

Yet, international agencies, and the U.S. government, already seem to be preparing for “an epidemic” that could LAST FOR YEARS, KILLING THOUSANDS of people. As AP reported today:

The World Health Organization said Friday that the epidemic isn't likely to end soon.

"The projections of 200,000 cases over the next six to twelve months shows the amplitude of what could be expected," said WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl. He noted that the current fatality rate of 6.5 percent is far higher than it should be.

"Cholera, now that it is in Haiti, probably the bacteria will be there for a number of years to come," he added. "It will not go away."

The blog Biosurveillance (Bio-Watch), run by an MD with an impressive CV detailing his experience in, among other areas, early disease detection, attributes a quote to a “senior U.S. government official”:

...we think [the cholera epidemic] can be managed effectively, as the response has been good in Haiti, and the GOH with our help has gotten out ahead of the curve, and are working hard to stay there...This is not to say that 1,500-2,000 or so deaths from cholera a year in Haiti for the next several years is acceptable, and we hope to get the mortality rates down well below that. But this is not in the same league as the earthquake either, so I think you can turn off the alarm bells.

Such a worsening, prolonged epidemic – at least on the scale predicted by the U.S. and WHO -- might be avoided if funds are made available for treatment. Yet some $800 in outstanding aid pledges from the U.S. government continues to be held up over fears it could “be stolen or misused -- not an easy task in a country notorious for corruption,” as AP put it, before citing State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley:

"Given the weak governmental institutions that existed in Haiti even before the earthquake, Congress wants to be sure we have that accountability in place before these funds are obligated.”

If Crowley explained the safeguards in place that allow for assurances that funds sent to countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq do not continue to be “stolen or misused,” as they have been repeatedly in the past, AP did not report it.

Even if this money were disbursed next week, it isn’t likely it would be used to treat cholera, as this “reconstruction pledge is a different pool of money, intended to support long-term rebuilding of the nation and its economy,” as AP reported yesterday, noting that the first tranche - $120 million - of the U.S.’ $1.15 billion pledge is finally being delivered “to the World Bank-run Haiti Reconstruction Fund” for “rubble removal, housing, a partial credit guarantee fund, support for an Inter-American Development Bank education reform plan and budget support for the Haitian government.”

The U.S. is far from the only country to procrastinate in fulfilling its aid pledges. Surveying the international community’s commitments, AP reports:

Less than 38 percent of the $5.6 billion pledged for 2010-11 has been delivered. Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Finland, the Caribbean Development Bank — and, until the money arrives, the U.S. — have yet to give any of their promised funds, according to Bill Clinton's U.N. Office of the Special Envoy for Haiti.

After 10 months living among piles of rubble, more than 1 million without homes and their country now being ravaged by a cholera epidemic, many Haitians have lost faith that the pledged money will help, even if all of it does arrive.

"This money is going to be for the rich people," said Lonise Atilma, who lives in a tent camp in the impoverished Martissant district of Port-au-Prince. "We have been living in a tent since Jan. 12 ... We are still there, suffering, and we're not going to see this money."

Meanwhile, Deutsche Presse Agentur reports:

Doctors in the earthquake-shattered country on Friday expressed concerns that they would soon have to treat cholera patients in unhygienic conditions.

'It's a really worrying situation for us at the moment,' a doctor from Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders, MSF) said.

'All hospitals in Port-au-Prince are overflowing with patients and we're seeing seven times the total amount of cases we had three days ago.'

At a medical centre in Cite Soleil, a slum in THE NORTH OF the CAPITAL, MSF (doctors without borders/médecins sans frontières) recorded 216 CASES of cholera on Thursday, nearly 10 TIMES AS MANY as earlier this week.
 

Bruce C D (89)
Tuesday November 16, 2010, 8:57 am
This is another great report on the deplorable situation in Haiti:
http://canadahaitiaction.ca/sites/default/files/Selling_Subordination_as_Stabilization[1].pdf
 

Bruce C D (89)
Tuesday November 16, 2010, 9:04 am
I had left this comment just earlier and it had posted here to the comments, but I now notice it has inexplicably disappeared. So here it is again:Thanks Cher, P.D.--Signed and noted. Your link to the excellent, scathing report 'Haiti 2010: Exploiting Disaster' from the Canadian Haiti Action Network is busted P.D. Here are the links to the summary with the link to the PDF and the actual PDF report itself:
http://canadahaitiaction.ca/content/haiti-2010-exploiting-disaster
http://canadahaitiaction.ca/sites/default/files/Hallward,%20'Haiti%202010,%20Exploiting%20Disaster'.pdf
It's shocking and appalling to me the way the U.S. time and again has sacrificied democracy along with human and civil rights for narrow self interest and misguided ideologies. If only more Americans were more fully aware of what was and is done in their name.
 
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