Haiti

Country Haiti
Capital Port-au-Prince
Continent North America(Central America)
Currency Gourde(HTG)
Languages French & Haitian Creole

Port-au-Prince

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Introduction

The native Taino Amerindians - who inhabited the island of Hispaniola when it was discovered by COLUMBUS in 1492 - were virtually annihilated by Spanish settlers within 25 years. In the early 17th century, the French established a presence on Hispaniola. In 1697, Spain ceded to the French the western third of the island, which later became Haiti. The French colony, based on forestry and sugar-related industries, became one of the wealthiest in the Caribbean but only through the heavy importation of African slaves and considerable environmental degradation. In the late 18th century, Haiti's nearly half million slaves revolted under Toussaint L'OUVERTURE. After a prolonged struggle, Haiti became the first black republic to declare independence in 1804. The poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti has been plagued by political violence for most of its history. After an armed rebellion led to the forced resignation and exile of President Jean-Bertrand ARISTIDE in February 2004, an interim government took office to organize new elections under the auspices of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). Continued violence and technical delays prompted repeated postponements, but Haiti finally did inaugurate a democratically elected president and parliament in May of 2006. A massive magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010 with an epicenter about 15 km southwest of the capital, Port-au-Prince. An estimated 2 million people live within the zone of heavy to moderate structural damage. The earthquake is assessed as the worst in this region over the last 200 years and massive international assistance will be required to help the country recover.

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Haiti - Wikipedia
Haiti - CIA World Fact Book
Haiti - BBC
Haiti - National Geographic
Haiti - Timeline - BBC

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Former mayor in Haiti, wanted for murder, now lives in Malden - Wicked Local Melrose

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Former mayor in Haiti, wanted for murder, now lives in Malden
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The former mayor of a town in Haiti who is under indictment for murder has been living in Malden since 2009 and was a licensed bus driver in the area until last week, according to a federal lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court. Jean Morose Viliena ...
Group sues former Haitian mayor in Boston federal court over human rights claimsThe Boston Globe
Plaintiff Dies Unexpectedly A Day After Filing Suit Against Haitian Ex-Mayor Living In MaldenWBUR
Plaintiff in Boston lawsuit against former Haitian mayor dies | ReutersReuters
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Chile's President Michel Bachelet spends the day in Haiti | Miami ... - Miami Herald

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Chile's President Michel Bachelet spends the day in Haiti | Miami ...
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Chilean President Michelle Bachelet ended a visit to Haiti Monday by reaffirming her South American nation's commitment to the country and telling her troops in ...
Chile leader visits Haiti as UN prepares for troop pulloutFox News
Chile Leader Visits Haiti as UN Prepares for Troop Pullout - VOA NewsVoice of America

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Rubio tells Haiti, other nations to defend democracy in vote on Venezuela sanctions - Miami Herald

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Rubio tells Haiti, other nations to defend democracy in vote on Venezuela sanctions
Miami Herald
Sen. Marco Rubio sent a strong warning to the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Haiti on Monday, saying that it would be difficult to protect them from possible cuts in U.S. aid if they fail to defend democracy when the Venezuelan government comes up ...

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Ministry: Haiti Signing Convention On Statelessness Will Not Affect Bahamas - Bahamas Tribune

Ministry: Haiti Signing Convention On Statelessness Will Not Affect Bahamas
Bahamas Tribune
#Nonetheless, activists and scholars have said for years that there are thousands of de facto stateless people born to Haitian parents living in the Bahamas, people with no ties to Haiti. Advocates for constitutional reform of citizenship provisions ...

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Lowell-area group travels to Haiti to give medical, food aid - Lowell Sun

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Lowell-area group travels to Haiti to give medical, food aid
Lowell Sun
LOWELL -- They came from different backgrounds and professions, ready to take on a single goal: helping the people of Haiti. Emergency medical technicians and paramedics. Physician assistants, nurses and a doctor. A firefighter. Landscapers.



South Florida Aid Group Urges Housing Aid For Haiti After Finding More Cave Dwellers - WLRN

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South Florida Aid Group Urges Housing Aid For Haiti After Finding More Cave Dwellers
WLRN
Last week workers for the Coconut Creek-based charity Food for the Poor came upon 240 people living in a cave in a mountainous area near Jrmie, Haiti. That's on the country's southwest peninsula, which was devastated last fall by Hurricane Matthew.



Humanitarian crisis looms in Haiti almost 6 months after Matthew ... - Miami Herald

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Humanitarian crisis looms in Haiti almost 6 months after Matthew ...
Miami Herald
Almost six months after deadly Hurricane Matthew destroyed crops and livestock along Haiti's southern peninsula, life has become so desperate that Haitians ...
Haiti - FLASH : Over a hundred Haitians survive in a cave for nearly ...Haitilibre.com

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Fauquier Habitat for Humanity launches revitalization of Haiti Street - Fauquier Times

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Fauquier Habitat for Humanity launches revitalization of Haiti Street
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Fauquier Habitat for Humanity has launched a Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative in the historic Haiti Street neighborhood. The effort is aimed at addressing quality of life issues as well as housing concerns, the organization announced in a news ...



Faculty, Students Bring Astronomy Roadshow to Haiti Schoolchildren - UMass Lowell

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Faculty, Students Bring Astronomy Roadshow to Haiti Schoolchildren
UMass Lowell
While many students hit the beach, ski or catch up on sleep over spring break, a team from UMass Lowell spent the week teaching more than a hundred schoolchildren in Haiti about astronomy, rocket science, space exploration and the lives of famous ...



Haiti - Social : Human Development Index, Haiti ranked 163th out of 188 countries - Haitilibre.com

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Haiti - Social : Human Development Index, Haiti ranked 163th out of 188 countries
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According to these criteria, Haiti with an HDI of 0.493 out of 1, ranks 163 out of 188 countries. Its gender development index is 0.593 and its multidimensional poverty index is 0.242. The Dominican Republic, ranked 99th, well ahead of Haiti with an ...

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