Washington Post By David McFadden | AP A teenage boy was fatally shot in Haiti on Tuesday amid protests over delays in aid distribution after a Category 4 hurricane pummeled the Caribbean country last month. It is the second such death reported in the past week. Journalists with The Associated Press saw protesters running through the streets of the southern coastal city of Les Cayes pushing a wooden cart with the boy’s body covered in a bloodstained white sheet. More at the link
By Jude Sheerin BBC News, Washington Jake Johnston, an analyst with the Center for Economic and Policy Research, a nonpartisan group that has studied the quake reconstruction, told the BBC “it’s hard to say it’s been anything other than a failure”. But he believes the State Department and IHRC simply replicated the mistakes of the whole foreign aid industry by chasing short-term gains instead of building longer-term capacity on the ground. “They relied too much on outside actors,” Mr Johnston says, “and supplanted the role of the Haitian government and domestic producers.” More at the link
By Kit Doyle Religious News Service JEREMIE, Haiti (RNS) It was on my last morning in Haiti that the looting happened. Our convoy went out with a U.N. escort in the direction of Bonbon, a city to the west, where we were scheduled to distribute 850 relief packets. About a mile out, we came upon a downed palm tree, which turned out to be a roadblock. It seemed small, with about 10 people manning it, and Langham was confident that with the U.N. help we would be able to get through. But more people come out of nowhere and more locals blocked the back of the line of vehicles, our hopeful exit route.
ReliefWeb Published on 25 Oct 2016 The emergency response in Haiti is at a standstill following nearly 48 hours of heavy rains. Helicopters are grounded, ships moored and nearly all road access blocked. Oxfam, already responding to the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, is now pushing for more and immediate international support.
NY Times letter to the editor October 25, 2016 Together, we must democratize aid, include local communities in making decisions and give them a primary role in distributing aid. Most crucially, we must guarantee accountability by empowering local communities to report on progress and by holding both our government and international aid agencies to their word. NIXON BOUMBA Country Consultant for Haiti American Jewish World Service Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Violence in Arcahaie, today, October 22, 2016 The Embassy has been informed of a violent prison break in Arcahaie on Route National 1. All U.S. Citizens are advised to avoid the area.
Friday, October 21, 2016 USAID Press Office WASHINGTON – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today announced an additional $14 million in humanitarian assistance to further bolster the Government of Haiti’s ongoing efforts to support communities affected by Hurricane Matthew. With this funding, USAID is providing nearly $28 million for Hurricane Matthew relief efforts in Haiti, Jamaica, and The Bahamas, making the United States the single largest donor of humanitarian assistance to date.
By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News Defense Media Activity WASHINGTON, Oct. 18, 2016 — The 400 service members who took part in humanitarian relief efforts following Hurricane Matthew’s wrath in Haiti are expected to return home in a couple of days, Navy Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command, told reporters at the Pentagon today.