PORT-AU-PRINCE — Two teenage boys in Haiti have advanced forms of cancer. Both cancers have a high survival rate when…
What is unusual about Haitians in France are the many gaps in the public’s understanding as to their place in French society. This is odd because Haiti and France are so deeply connected. Unlike Miami and New York, Paris has no Little Haiti. Few permanent community centers welcome Haitians here. No university in France is home to a Haitian studies institute.
We set out to fill some of these gaps. Perhaps unsurprisingly, information was hard to come by and the picture we assembled is complex.
Haiti’s most recognized and influential musician died penniless because he was an artist in the Haitian Music Industry (HMI).
The Never-ending Search for Home: One Haitian Family’s Journey Through the Americas for a Place to Call Home
By Alejandra Ibarra Chaoul It was a rainy day in March, when Jean René Suprena listened intently to Jeremy Jong,…
While the church’s impact in African-American communities is seen, both politically and socially, in many black enclaves across the country, you’d be hard-pressed to say the same for the Haitian-American community. Which is why a group of lawyers and pastors in New York City is looking to change the script by writing a new one.
When Myrto Cesaire approached a friend to inquire about local jobs, the friend mockingly suggested that “farm work” was her…
Author’s note: For this year’s Women’s History Month, celebrated during the month of March, and International Women’s Day, which was…
By Beverly Bell
In Haiti, the majority of the people working the land are women. Not only are they there during planting, weeding and harvesting, but they also play a role in transforming and marketing food products. They’re involved in the entire agricultural production process. This is why we call women the poto mitan, central pillar, of the country.
By Joshua Steckley and Beverly Bell
Jovenel Moïse, President Michel Martelly’s handpicked successor, dispossessed as many as 800 peasants – who were legally farming – and destroyed houses and crops two years ago, say leaders of farmers’ associations in the Trou-du-Nord area. Farmers remain homeless and out of work. The land grabbed by the company Moïse founded, Agritrans, now hosts a private banana plantation.
By Beverly Bell
Yesterday, Jan. 12, on the sixth anniversary of the 7.0 earthquake, Haitians mourned the countless lives lost. Among the many aftershocks they face is disaster capitalism, in which the Haitian elite and foreign corporations – backed by the US government, World Bank, and Inter-American Development Bank – are grabbing lands for extraction and mega-development projects. Ricot Jean-Pierre, social worker and program director of the Platform to Advocate Alternative Development in Haiti (PAPDA), tells how inequitable control of land has devastated the vast majority throughout Haitian history, from enslavement to today.