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21 Nov 2017 description
report Voice of America

After years of being shielded from deportation from the United States while their country recovers from a devastating 2010 earthquake, tens of thousands of Haitians will lose that security status.

"It was assessed overall that the extraordinary but temporary conditions that served as the basis of Haiti's most recent designation has sufficiently improved such that they no longer prevent nationals of Haiti from returning safely," a senior Trump administration official said during a briefing.

23 May 2017 description
report Voice of America

Last Updated: May 22, 2017 6:06 PM
VOA News

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Monday announced it has extended Haitian immigrants’ access to a program of humanitarian protection for six months.

08 Feb 2014 description
report Voice of America

Haitian President Michel Martelly says in a VOA interview that his government has asked the United States to modify the way aid money is sent to Haiti, calling for more to be funneled through the government rather than non-governmental organizations.

In an interview Friday at VOA headquarters in Washington, Martelly acknowledged that the reason for distributing money mainly through NGOs has been "corruption" in Haiti and "lack of confidence in the Haitian system." But he said that was changing.

18 Sep 2012 description
report Voice of America

Haiti will receive millions of dollars from Qatar through a special fund that aims to help the impoverished nation in the areas of health, education and housing.

Former U.S. president Bill Clinton and Qatar's Ambassador Mohammed Bin Abdulla al-Rumaihi made the announcement in Port-au-Prince Monday.

10 Jan 2012 description
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An American sports quote says "Pain is nothing compared to what it feels like to quit." You are about to meet some Haitian soccer players who know a little about both. The Haiti amputee soccer team is made up of many who lost legs and arms during the 2010 earthquake.

At times, it doesn't look like a regular soccer field. It is someone's desperate home. It is not a manicured pitch - cattle sometimes saunter by - but the players are not regular soccer players, either.

09 Jan 2012 description
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On a recent visit to Haiti, members of a private American foundation outfitted 400 Haitians with hearing aids. Some had lost their hearing aids in the rubble of the 2010 earthquake and hadn't been able to hear for nearly two years. Others, had not been able to hear since birth.

The silence sounds strange. More than a hundred people just sitting. Organizers call names, but others have to answer for them. Their silence is why they are here.

04 Nov 2011 description
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Unemployment in Haiti is 40% - the rate of underemployment is even higher. But as high as that sounds, it's actually much lower than 10 years ago. One reason for that is the resourcefulness of the Haitian people.

Gladys Louissaint lives at the end of a street called "Deadend River." Doors lead to homes built into steep rocky corridors. Here, people and vegetables thrive where they can.

Louissaint runs a jewelry business. She designs one-of-a-kind pieces with discarded glass bottles, random beads and wire.

02 Nov 2011 description
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November 01, 2011

Alex Villarreal | Miami

Thousands of Haitians sought refuge in the United States after the devastating earthquake in Haiti last year. Many suffered unimaginable trauma and bear both physical and emotional scars.

Thousands of Haitians sought refuge in the United States after the devastating earthquake in Haiti last year. Many suffered unimaginable trauma and bear both physical and emotional scars.

For the Jean family, life together is a blessing.

31 Aug 2011 description
report Voice of America

A foundation established by former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush says it is providing an additional $1.4 million to efforts to rebuild Haiti following its devastating earthquake last year.

17 Mar 2011 description
report Voice of America

New study projects course of the epidemic over the next year

Art Chimes | St. Louis, Missouri March 17, 2011

U.S. researchers predict cholera will hit almost twice as many Haitians this year as the U.N. has estimated. The new analysis suggests there will be more than three quarters of a million cases of the disease.

Haiti had been free of cholera for about a century until last October, when the first cases were reported.

11 Feb 2011 description
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February 11, 2011 - Jeff Swicord, Port-au-Prince

More than 800,000 Haitians displaced by last year's devastating earthquake are still living in tent camps scattered around Port-au-Prince. Conditions are often deplorable and life is filled with many hardships. Disputes in the camps often lead to violence, and many have been searching for ways to improve conditions.

09 Feb 2011 description
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The U.S. State Department said Wednesday the early return to Haiti of exiled former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide would be an "unfortunate distraction" from the country's run-off presidential election campaign. The former leader, who has lived in South Africa for the last several years, has been granted a Haitian passport.

Officials here are not saying what the United States has told the Haitian and South African governments about Mr.

03 Feb 2011 description
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Haitian election officials say former first lady Mirlande Manigat and popular singer Michel Martelly will face off in the presidential runoff election set for March 20.

The electoral commission's announcement Thursday means ruling party candidate, Jude Celestin is out of the race.

The long-awaited definitive results of the disputed November election differ from preliminary results, which put Celestin in the runoff with Manigat.

Riots broke out in December after the commission announced that Martelly was eliminated.

07 Jan 2011 description
report Voice of America

Lisa Schlein, Geneva

United Nations and international aid agencies say significant progress has been made in helping Haitians recover from the earthquake that devastated their country almost one year ago. But, they acknowledge humanitarian operations fall far short of what is needed to rebuild Haitian society.

Last year's earthquake killed about one-quarter of a million people.

30 Nov 2010 description
report Voice of America

Since a January earthquake in Haiti, tent camps have become home to hundreds of thousands of people, including newly pregnant women. Some Haitians fear unplanned pregnancies in the camps may fuel a baby boom in the capital.

Denise Cheristal, 35, knows that she and her teenage son were lucky to escape with their lives from the January earthquake in Haiti.

07 Oct 2010 description
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Larry Freund | New York

Responding to criticism of the United Nations-directed humanitarian response in Haiti, a U.N. spokesperson has urged increased protection for Haitian refugees facing sexual violence.

A new report by Refugees International, a Washington-based refugee advocacy group, is sharply critical of conditions in the refugee camps in Haiti.

16 Jul 2010 description
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Lack of rural jobs threatens reconstruction effort

Steve Baragona | Washington, DC 16 July 2010

After a powerful earthquake struck Haiti in January, boosting agricultural production was seen as one of the keys to the nation's recovery.

Six months later, the U.N.

18 May 2010 description
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Jeff Swicord | Port-au-Prince, Haiti 18 May 2010

As Haitians still struggle to survive from the devastating earthquake that struck in January, infant children are among the most vulnerable. Studies suggest poor nutrition early in life can lead to chronic diseases later. Malnourished infants are also very susceptible to diarrhea, measles and other diseases that can turn fatal.

Twenty-year-old Daniela Luc is a new mother. She had her first child, a girl, one month ago here in the Daihatsu camp in Port-au-Prince.

Daniela's mother is equally glad to show off her new granddaughter.

15 May 2010 description
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VOA News 15 May 2010

U.S. agriculture giant Monsanto is donating $4 million worth of seeds to earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

Monsanto said Friday the Haitian Ministry of Agriculture has approved the donation, ensuring the selected seeds are appropriate for Haitian growing conditions and farming practices.

Monsanto's director of global development,Elizabeth Vancil, said the need in Haiti is "incredible."

The first 60 tons of the 475-ton donation of seeds arrived in Haiti last week. That shipment consisted of corn and vegetable seeds.

29 Apr 2010 description
report Voice of America

Helping in a crisis can pose dilemma for local farmers and merchants

Steve Baragona | Artibonite Valley, Haiti

About three hours north of Port-au-Prince, the Artibonite Valley is the center of Haiti's rice production.

This season, farmer Charles Surfoad is storing his rice rather than selling it. He says food aid from the earthquake relief effort produced a glut that pushed down prices. If he sells now, he says he'll lose money.

Adverse effects

"Food aid is never good for us," he says. "As a farmer, I'm one of the first affected.