Guyler Delva, a prominent journalist in Haiti, speaking at an event.

Guyler Delva is found paralyzed, kidnappers release two

Guyler Delva, a prominent journalist in Haiti, speaking at an event.

Guyler Delva, head of press freedoms group SOS Journalists, was found paralyzed and unconscious Tuesday before being taken to a hospital in Pétion-Ville, Port-au-Prince.

Delva went missing on Sunday and was feared kidnapped, but it appears he had suffered a stroke, according to TripFoumi Enfo.

Meanwhile Tuesday, kidnappers released Philippe ‘Pipo’ Augustin, a guitarist with musical group Strings, and Maritza Beaubrun, the wife of the National Palace’s security chief. Augustin and Beaubrun were taken hostage on Thursday and Sunday, respectively, and were released after undisclosed amounts of ransom were paid. Source

Constitutional referendum set for March 2021

Haiti’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Claude Joseph.

Haiti will hold a constitutional referendum in March 2021, said Claude Joseph, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, on Monday.

President Jovenel Moise said in October that officials are developing a new constitution and the voters will have the chance to approve or reject it as a referendum before next year’s elections.

The date is part of the tentative calendar the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) established last week. Source

Canada funds two agricultural projects in Haiti

A man looking down at a village in Haiti. Photo credit: Georges H. Rouzier

Canada has financed two agricultural projects, AVETI and MAIS, which were launched in the Southern and Grand’Anse regions in late November. They will take place in Cayes, Torbeck, Camp-Perrin, Chambellan, Abricot, Anse, Ainault, Moron and Dame-Marie. 

Canada plans to sponsor three more agricultural projects. The investments aim to reduce poverty, fight food insecurity and enable farmers to access markets and have stable incomes, Canada’s ambassador to Haiti Patrix Sévère said.

Last week, Switzerland said it had financed 25 agricultural projects in Haiti. Source

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Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for The Haitian Times. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining The Haitian Times in 2019.

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