Over 200 families are destitute thanks to a recent round of violent, illegal evictions.
Hurricane season is pummeling Haiti again, and Washington’s usual response won’t suffice.
In Haiti, there will be solemn commemorations of a day of slaughter: April 26, 1963.
Two years ago in Haiti, the Earth opened, buildings collapsed, and people died—300,000 to be precise. Anniversaries hurt. They brutalize the body. They pummel the spirit.
The remarkable resilience of the Haitian people is cause for hope.
President Obama’s silence in the midst of these fraudulent elections will be duly noted by the people of Haiti.
The largest party, Fanmi Lavalas, is excluded, and more than 1.3 million earthquake victims are displaced.
In just a few days, cholera has killed more than 250 Haitians, with more than 3,500 becoming ill.
The on-again-off-again presidential candidacy of music star Wyclef Jean is a distraction for Haiti.
The rains are coming in Haiti, but there are more homeless people in Haiti today than the day after the earthquake hit in January. More than 1.5 million Haitians are living under tattered tents, tarps and sheets, which will provide little protection during hurricane season.
I want the U.S. military invasion of Haiti to stop now. Haiti needs 12,000 doctors. Obama sent 12,000 troops to help us to death.
Carvens Lissaint is a Haitian-American poet and performer from New York City. His poem "Haiti" was written a year ago and has a startling prophetic tone in the wake of the recent tragic events there. Carvens' mother was in Haiti at the time of the earthquake, and fortunately is safe and back home with her family. As Haiti struggles to rebuild after the natural disaster, and the U.S. and UN continue to focus more on "security" than relief, Carvens reminds us that the best people to lead the reconstruction of a community are the members of that community themselves.
Haiti needs 12,000 doctors, Obama sent 12,000 troops to help us to death.
Matthew Rothschild is the editor of The Progressive magazine. To subscribe for just $14.97 a year, just click here.
We must not allow ourselves to turn a blind eye to the continued degradation of an entire country. We must not permit millions of our brothers and sisters to live without a real measure of dignity. We must never again sustain such depraved indifference.