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Compassion and Resilience in Haiti

Southern Haiti after Hurricane Matthew–October, 2016
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blogs.pjstar.com - by John Carroll, MD - March 31, 2017

The Gallup Poll recently reported that “even before Hurricane Matthew ravaged Southern Haiti in late 2016, the small Caribbean nation was already in deep distress, with more than four in 10 Haitians (43%) rating their lives poorly enough to be considered suffering”. The only country suffering more than Haiti in the world is South Sudan where famine already has been declared in two counties of South Sudan, and 1 million people there are on the brink of dying from a lack of food. Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti last October; according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the storm left nearly 140,000 Haitians homeless . . .

 . . . The hurricane took the people’s lives, homes, chickens, goats, crops, trees, schools, and churches. They had little food and water. They had no money. What was left? . . . 

 . . . a plea for us to find humanity again.  With compassion, followed by action, we would create resilient societies which care for one another.

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Report: Food Stocks Low in Southern Haiti in Wake of Storm

submitted by John Carroll

           

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2016 file photo, banana and coconut trees are bent and broken along a southern coast road near the town of Roche-a-Bateau, Haiti, left behind by Hurricane Matthew. Hundreds of thousands of people in southern Haiti are facing food shortages three months after the storm destroyed crops and livestock in the region, international aid organization Oxfam said Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)  (The Associated Press)

Associated Press - January 4, 2017

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti –  Hundreds of thousands of people in southern Haiti are facing food shortages three months after Hurricane Matthew destroyed crops and livestock in the region, an international aid organization said Wednesday.

A "very poor" harvest is expected over the next two months in the South and Grand Anse departments of the southern Haitian peninsula, an area where most people depend on subsistence farming to survive, Oxfam said in a report calling for more support for a U.N. assistance fund.

The U.N. announced it would provide $139 million in assistance to the region, but that program is underfunded by 38 percent, the aid group said.

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Haïti-Matthew : Un profond cri d’alarme en faveur de la Grande Anse, lance l’ancien sénateur Maxime Roumer

submitted by John Carroll

alterpresse.org - 5 Novembre 2016

P-au-P, 04 nov. 2016 [AlterPresse] --- L’ancien sénateur et candidat au sénat Jean Maxime Roumer, également recteur de l’Université de la nouvelle Grande Anse (une partie du Sud-Ouest), lance un cri d’alarme « extrême » aux autorités étatiques, pour qu’elles viennent en aide aux sinistrés de ce département, un mois après le passage (les lundi 3 et mardi 4 octobre 2016) de l’ouragan Matthew.

Les personnes sinistrées, notamment dans les zones situées dans les mornes, n’ont reçu aucune aide depuis presqu’un mois, rapporte l’ancien sénateur, invité à l’émission TiChèzBa, prévue pour être diffusée les samedi 5 et dimanche 6 novembre 2016 sur la station en ligne AlterRadio (samedi : 7:00 am, 3:00pm ; dimanche : 7:00 am, 1:00 pm, 5:00 pm).

« C’est quelque chose d’atroce. Il n’y a ni abri, ni nourriture dans les mornes. C’est une situation terrible », déplore-t-il.

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Haiti-Matthew: A Deep Cry of Alarm for the Grande Anse, Launches Former Senator Maxime Roumer

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