Laurent-Jude Boisrond-Canal. Photo credit: Makana Eyre

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Haitians In France: The Youth And Their Search For Haiti

When an earthquake ripped through Port-au-Prince in 2010, Kenny Alliance was 12 and living in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis. Although both his parents immigrated to France from Haiti, Alliance’s vision of Haiti was foggy. Soon, though, the French media filled him in on what was happening, showing images of great suffering and devastation. Continue reading

Haiti Launches Multi-Million Dollar Humanitarian Plan

Haiti has launched a multi-million dollar humanitarian plan aimed at meeting the needs of the most vulnerable in the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country.

Prime Minister Jean Henry Céant, the Minister of Planning Jean-Claudy Pierre and representatives of the international donor community, attended the launch of the US$126.2 million initiative. Continue reading

Miami Commission Meeting Unravels Amid Tensions Over Little Haiti Mega-Development

A heated Miami Commission hearing on a massive and controversial real-estate development that has raised fears of accelerated gentrification in Little Haiti dissolved into chaos early Friday, when chairman Ken Russell invoked a rarely used rule to postpone a vote, then abruptly ended the meeting as other commissioners determined to approve the project began arguing volubly. Continue reading

U.S. State Department Deploys Envoy To Break Political Stalemate In Haiti

A relatively unknown diplomat who once served as special envoy for Middle East peace has been charged by the Trump administration with trying to break a political stalemate in Haiti.

After violent protests last month, a relative calm has returned to Haiti where a deepening political crisis, sinking economy and corruption charges sparked violent protests and ”do not travel” warnings from Canada and the U.S. government. Continue reading

Haitian Gov and Humanitarian Community Want Funds to Address Humanitarian Needs

Haitian Government and the humanitarian community wants $126.2 million to address the humanitarian needs of 1.3 million people through the 2019-2020 Humanitarian Response Plan.
In 2019, the response plan will focus on responding to food insecurity, providing access to basic services and protection services for the most vulnerable, strengthening the fight against epidemics (cholera, malaria, diphtheria ), and preparing the population for natural disasters, radio Metropole reports. Continue reading

Haiti: Reginald Boulos Announces Reopening of a Delimart Branch

Several branches of the supermarket chain Delimart were vandalized and looted during last July’s protests. After several months of renovation, Reginald Boulos, CEO, announced the reopening of Clercine’s branch..
“It proves our courage and our determination. It is a sign that proves our belief in our dear Haiti, Boulos said, radio Television Caraibes reports. Continue reading

Haiti: Farmers Demand Central Power’s Assistance

Hundreds of farmers marched in the streets of L’Estère (Artibonite department) last week to draw attention to a severe drought that has lowered their crop production for several months. The farmers also demand the lowering of fertilizer prices and oppose the government’s decision to grant subsidies to rice importers, le Nouvelliste reports. Continue reading

Taiwan Announces Resumption of Power Grid Project in Haiti

Taiwanese workers have resumed construction of an electricity grid in Haiti after announcing a suspension of the project last week.

Taiwanese embassy officials said they are working tirelessly with Haiti to make this $150 million project a reality as soon as possible to provide electricity around the clock by July 2019, le National reports. Continue reading

Immigration & Migration

Trump administration extends TPS for Haitians and three other groups

The Trump administration said Thursday it will extend special immigration protections for Haiti and three other countries until January 2020.

The decision by the Department of Homeland Security, announced Thursday, gives thousands of Haitians an additional six-month reprieve from deportation, but holders of Temporary Protected Status still face uncertainty as the Trump administration continues to fight in the courts to end the program. Continue reading

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