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Haiti Relief: What do you expect?

On Jan. 12, 2010, a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, reducing much of its capital to rubble, killing about 300,000 people, and leaving 1.6 million homeless. Haiti, which occupies the western third of the island of Hispaniola, used to be known as “The Pearl of the Antilles” because of its beauty. Nowadays, people mostly remember Haiti as the poorest country in the western hemisphere and as one of the least developed countries in the world. Haiti in recent years has struggled with challenges from constant political upheavals to economically crippling embargoes. But despite all, resilience and optimism has always been a part of that culture; many Haitians still believed in a better world, a better life, one day… perhaps tomorrow…

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Sean Penn’s Testimony on Haiti on Capitol Hill

Actor and aid worker Sean Penn was on Capitol Hill where he gave a searing testimony about the conditions he has seen the Haitian people in Haiti. Penn warned of the growing danger posed by the bacterial infections, including diphtheria, and the lack of access to the proper care to treat them.

Here’s CNN video of his today’s testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Below is the full text of his statement.

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UN Spokesperson J. V. Nkolo Speaks on UN and Haiti Disaster

Journalist and Spokesperson for the President of the 64th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Jean Victor Nkolo, speaks to Afrobeatradio on the role the UN is playing in response to the Haiti earthquake and on UN’s disaster response generally. The interview was conducted on February 1, 2010, roughly two and half weeks after the earthquake. This segment was broadcast on AfrobeaRadio on WBAI 99.5 FM on March 6, 2010.

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I recall seeing a TV news’ clip showing two Haitian siblings, an 8 year-old boy and his 10 year-old sister, rescued from the rubble of a two-story building 7 days after the deadly earthquake struck Haiti. The boy, as soon he was lifted up, he stretched his both arms high up in a gesture of triumphant victory.

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Haiti: Deconstructing a Disaster!

Haïti will still need all the help it can get for months and years to come but reporters are already taking their microphones and cameras away in pursuit of the next big story. American soldiers will stay behind though, and soon, instead of reluctantly doling out aid, they will be pointing their guns at Haitians who will grow tired of the occupation. This is what you get for having the audacity to aspire to freedom from slavery, and achieve it.

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Haiti, Sak Pase!

Listen to the January 23, 2010 program on AfrobeatRadio live on WBAI focuses on the earthquake crisis in Haiti. With the help of Haitian expats and analysts, we explore Haiti’s old and recent history. What is the West’s primary goal for the unprecedented support? We will also take a look at the American media coverage of the earthquake and what roles African governments have played to support the Haitian people. Featuring Lily Cerat, Daniel Huttinot, Nicole Falade, Mathieu Eugene, Dowoti Desir, Lionel Legros, Carl Dix and Ronald Auborg.

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Send Text Message to Help Haiti

Tragedy of historic proportions is happening in our backyard – please consider skipping lunch for one day and save a life in Haiti by sending your contribution to the below charities via text message from your cell phone. This will also allow you to avoid scams that are on the increase. Text “YELE” to “501501” to donate $5 on behalf of The Yéle Haiti Foundation or “HAITI” to “90999” to donate $10 on behalf of the American Red Cross.