PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) — Haiti may have been largely spared from this year’s worst hurricanes — Harvey, Irma and Maria — but it is still picking up the pieces from disastrous Matthew last year. That hurricane, which struck a year ago to the day, killed more than 500 people and caused two billion dollars in…
Hurricane Matthew was a devastating blow, forcing more than 175,000 people from their homes and leaving 750,000 people in need of humanitarian assistance. In the months following the storm, nonprofit Mercy Corps, with the help of generous donors, provided urgent supplies like shelter kits and cash, which enabled people to purchase what they needed most while also infusing cash into local economies.
By Vania Andre
The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has resumed deportations to Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, despite calls to halt deportations from the Haitian Diaspora and U.S. elected officials. There are reportedly two flights scheduled to depart to Haiti every week. The first flights arrived Thursday, Nov. 3 and Tuesday, Nov. 8.
By Wyatt Massey
Stopping the spread of disease is one of the most pressing issues in the country after the hurricane. As of Oct. 25, PANO/WHO estimated 3,423 suspected cholera cases. Cholera is a virus, spread by contaminated water, that severely dehydrates those with the disease. Haiti’s Ministry of Health announced a vaccination campaign starting Nov. 8 to bring 1 million oral vaccines to areas affected by cholera.
By Lyzz Repa
Is Haiti so forgotten that it does not warrant its hashtags during the early stages of this devastation? Or, are we to believe that its people are so used to natural catastrophes that it is like watching a rerun on television?