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Update: Border Crisis

Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in Haiti News & History | Comments Off on Update: Border Crisis

Update: Border Crisis

Back in June we shared with you the impending crisis between Haiti and the Dominican Republic where tens of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian decent faced potential deportation to a country not their own. Fast forward to today, and while no mass exodus has occurred, the Dominican Republic has already deported approximately 1500 people at a rate of 50-100 per day. Thousands more have fled on their own, “out of fear of arrest or harassment, scared by neighbors, bosses, coworkers and police or immigration officials,” [source]....

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Drought Makes Food Scarcer and More Expensive

Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 in Haiti News & History | Comments Off on Drought Makes Food Scarcer and More Expensive

Drought Makes Food Scarcer and More Expensive

In a country wrought with economic and political instability, the Haitian people are fighting desperately just to survive. And now a drought is drastically affecting their ability to find food. According to the U.N. World Food Program (WFP), nearly 600,000 of Haiti’s 10.4 million people already rely on international food aid to provide for their basic dietary needs, and the problem only continues to worsen. As the poorest country in the Americas, Haiti’s geographical location makes it especially vulnerable to natural disasters and...

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Mariners Teams Deliver Aid to the Sick and Injured

Posted by on Mar 7, 2015 in Faith Adventures, Haiti Ministry, Haiti News & History | Comments Off on Mariners Teams Deliver Aid to the Sick and Injured

Mariners Teams Deliver Aid to the Sick and Injured

Five Years in Five Photos — Part 2 of 5 Mariners Church responded to the disaster by 1) sending a team to Haiti within days of the quake to aid with disaster relief and 2) raising funds for future relief efforts. Members of this first team recall injecting patients with antibiotics after just 5 minutes of medical training, holding babies dying of dehydration in their arms, and cringing with each and every aftershock that plunged the city into further chaos. Within weeks, Mariners had connected with Joseph and Samuel Metelus of the Church of...

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Tragedy in Haiti — 7.0 Earthquake Rocks Port-au-Prince

Posted by on Mar 7, 2015 in Haiti Ministry, Haiti News & History | Comments Off on Tragedy in Haiti — 7.0 Earthquake Rocks Port-au-Prince

Tragedy in Haiti — 7.0 Earthquake Rocks Port-au-Prince

Five Years in Five Photos — Part 1 of 5 On January 12, 2010, a massive earthquake registering 7.0 on the Richter scale struck the heart of Haiti, an island nation located 800 miles south of Florida. The quake’s epicenter was just 22 miles from downtown Port-au-Prince, causing widespread devastation in Haiti’s capital (and largest) city. In all, 500,000 buildings collapsed, leaving 1.5 million people homeless. Between 200,000 and 316,000 people died and countless more were injured. Damage was estimated at $13...

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Haiti’s Second Hand Clothing Trade

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Haiti News & History, Videos | 0 comments

Haitihub is one of my favorite blog sites. Earlier this year, I was captivated by a series of posts about storytelling and photography in Haiti, written by Erin Nguyen. A few days ago, I received another of Erin’s posts in my in-box, this time about Haiti’s Pepe Trade. Pepe is the local term for the second hand clothing sold by merchants in the small shops, stands and displays along the streets of Haiti. An entire market has been built up around the importation of clothing from American thrift shops and charities. We too...

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