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Two Haitian boys are battling cancer. 700 miles may make all the difference
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Two Haitian boys are battling cancer. 700 miles may make all the difference

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Two teenage boys in Haiti have advanced forms of cancer. Both cancers have a high survival rate when…

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Haitians in France: A First Look Into Their Lives and Community
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Haitians in France: A First Look Into Their Lives and Community

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.

The Haitian Clergy’s Role in Advancing Civil Rights
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The Haitian Clergy’s Role in Advancing Civil Rights

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.

Women Farmers and Land Grabs in Haiti:  An interview with Iderle Brénus
Special Reports, Women & Children

Women Farmers and Land Grabs in Haiti: An interview with Iderle Brénus

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.

Jovenel Moise Seizes Land From Haiti Peasants
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Jovenel Moise Seizes Land From Haiti Peasants

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.

The Blood of the Earth: Agriculture, Land Rights, and Haitian History
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The Blood of the Earth: Agriculture, Land Rights, and Haitian History

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.

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