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South Florida Charity Discovers 240 Starving Haitians Living in Cave

Food For The Poor teams have discovered 240 people, including 84 women and 62 children, living in a cave in the rugged mountains near Fonds Rouge Dahere, where they have been since Hurricane Matthew hit the country’s southern peninsula in October. The charity is launching a campaign to help them immediately with lifesaving aid and to build homes. (Photo/ Food For The Poor) User Upload Caption: Families found in caves months after hurricane. - Original Credit: Courtesy - Original Source: Food for the Poor (Courtesy)

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sun-sentinel.com - by Rebeca Piccardo - March 23, 2017

Despite their dire conditions and empty stomachs, about 240 people living inside a cave in the rugged mountains in Haiti’s southern peninsula were singing joyful hymns. And their voices led a team from Food For The Poor right to them.

Now the starving parents and children are receiving food and other essential items from the Coconut Creek-based charity, said Robin Mahfood, president and CEO of Food For The Poor.

The group, which include 84 women and 62 children, have been living in the cave near Fonds Rouge Dahere since they sought shelter from Hurricane Matthew when it pummeled the island in October.

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

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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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Dispatches from Haiti - Southwest Haiti - October 27, 2016

           

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blogs.pjstar.com - by John Carroll, MD - November 2, 2016

October 27, 2016

“The surest way to be caught flatfooted by disasters is to not know or understand, or else ignore, the value of the land and people who should have been protected, commensurate with the degree to which others depend on what they produce. This is the case with Haiti’s disregard for the values of the Greater South Region which is basically all that lies below and west of the crossroads of Leogane.”

Stuart Leiderman

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We left Cayes early this morning and headed south and west. And the further we traveled, Matthew’s wrath and destruction was even more horrific. Coconut and palm trees were snapped or uprooted everywhere. Houses were smashed. Roofs were missing. And debris littered the beach down the entire coast. Police stations, courthouses, and churches were destroyed everywhere.

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Situation Reports via John A. Carroll MD - HaitianHearts.org

by John A. Carroll, MD - www.haitianhearts.org

October 29, 2016

Family from Chantal just told me that a zone called LaCotte has much cholera. Five people in same house died. Unable to give exact date.

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October 29, 2016

Port Salut hospital served by two Cuban docs--very nice. Fidel and his brother also supplied the Ringers Lactate for the hospital . . .

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October 29, 2016

On Thursday spent day on Southern coast--Cayes, Torbeck, Port Salut, Coteaux, Damassin, Port a Pigment, Kalapa, Chardonnieres. We were fording some small creeks/rivers in the truck, but Les Anglais River too deep and wide so we stopped. The trucks were very few here cause road in South so horrible. I would imagine Hiroshima like this. Port Salut CTC had 30 patients according to nurse last week but only 3 when I was there. Port Salut is a MSPP hospital and made of cement and seemed structurally sound even though it was right on beach. 

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October 29, 2016

The biggest problems I see are lack of food and water for almost 4 weeks now. The roofs are getting patched with tarp or corrugated metal ("toll"). Groups of kids run after the vehicle looking for food.

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October 29, 2016

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