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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World Bank says Haiti must spend more on health | Miami Herald - Miami Herald

Miami Herald

World Bank says Haiti must spend more on health | Miami Herald
Miami Herald
While Haiti has significantly more hospitals than many countries, including Burundi and Tanzania, that has not translated into better health, according to a World ...

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Report: Haiti should focus on primary care more than hospitals - Virgin Islands Daily News

Virgin Islands Daily News

Report: Haiti should focus on primary care more than hospitals
Virgin Islands Daily News
Dr. Jackson Michelet looks at the X-ray of Louis Jean Claude at the Hospital Saint Antoine in Jeremie, Haiti, in October 2016. While a World Bank study found that Haiti has significantly more hospitals than many countries, it spends less on health care ...

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How UNICEF Is Fighting For Undernourished Women And Children In Haiti - Refinery29

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How UNICEF Is Fighting For Undernourished Women And Children In Haiti
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Like many roads, in Haiti the path to Borgne, a town on the northern coast of the island, is a long, hot, and uneven one. In favorable weather, a sturdy Toyota 4X4 could make the westerly trip to Borgne from Cap-Hatien, Haiti's second-largest city, in ...



UN Brought Cholera to Haiti. Now It Is Fumbling Effort to Atone. - New York Times

New York Times

UN Brought Cholera to Haiti. Now It Is Fumbling Effort to Atone.
New York Times
A $400 million voluntary trust fund for Haiti to battle cholera was created last year by Ban Ki-moon, then the secretary general, when he apologized for the United Nations' role after having repeatedly denied any responsibility. But the fund, meant in ...

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Haiti Eye Mission fundraiser June 29 | INFORUM - INFORUM

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Haiti Eye Mission fundraiser June 29 | INFORUM
INFORUM
FARGO Bergstrom Eye and Laser Clinic is hosting a silent auction and picnic from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 29, at Oak Grove Shelter, 170 Maple St. N.
Upcoming fundraiser to help improve quality of life for residents of ...WDAY

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Haiti wants worthy partnership with the US - South Florida Caribbean News

South Florida Caribbean News

Haiti wants worthy partnership with the US
South Florida Caribbean News
Washington, D.C. Haiti's new Defense Minister, Herve Denis says his country is looking forward to a worthy US/Haiti partnership in various sectors with the goal of reinforcing our fragile democracy. That was the message he left with participants in ...

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Reducing Domestic Violence Helps All Of Haiti - HuffPost

Reducing Domestic Violence Helps All Of Haiti
HuffPost
In Haiti, evidence from confidential surveys suggests that domestic violence is a serious problem: it appears that around 273,200 women suffer from severe physical and/or sexual violence per year. This adds up to 9.4 percent of the population of 14- to ...



Cholera, babies left by UN peacekeepers top list of Haiti's woes - Miami Herald

Miami Herald

Cholera, babies left by UN peacekeepers top list of Haiti's woes
Miami Herald
The 15-member United Nations Security Council ended a visit to Haiti Saturday, promising to review what it heard during two days of meetings with a cross-section of Haitians as it prepares to permanently withdraw its blue helmet peacekeepers after 13 ...
UN is breaking its promise to people of Haiti (Opinion) - CNN.comCNN
In visit to Haiti, Security Council delegation to reaffirm support for country's stability and developmentUN News Centre
United Nations stresses for support for Haiti cholera fightReuters
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Haiti - News : Zapping... - HaitiLibre.com : Haiti news 7/7 - Haitilibre.com

Haiti - News : Zapping... - HaitiLibre.com : Haiti news 7/7
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On Monday, Mexican Ambassador to Haiti Jose Luiz Alvarado paid a courtesy visit to the Senate to advocate in favor of vote of two bilateral agreements on ...

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Over 50 and tired of rejection, I moved to Haiti to volunteer - Irish Times

Irish Times

Over 50 and tired of rejection, I moved to Haiti to volunteer
Irish Times
I am managing this programme for the Religious Sisters of Jesus and Mary (RJM) who have been working in Haiti for 20 years. I have responsibility for all the classes and our budget, the security of our equipment, and identifying at least one trainee ...