Haiti estimates $11.5bn needed for reconstruction

March 17, 2010
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Haiti estimates $11.5bn needed for reconstruction

Haiti will need $11.5bn (£7.55bn) to rebuild after the devastating earthquake in January, the country’s government estimates. The amount is a rough estimate of money needed for a complete overhaul of the impoverished country, officials say. The plan, co-authored by international aid agencies, will be put to donors at a conference on Haiti later...
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PREVAL SENDS ANOTHER MESSAGE American was kidnapped, killed in Haiti

March 16, 2010
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PREVAL SENDS ANOTHER MESSAGE American was kidnapped, killed in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The U.S. Embassy says a kidnapped person was among four U.S. citizens killed in Haiti since the Jan. 12 earthquake. The U.S. State Department expanded its travel warning for Haiti on Monday to say that dangers of killings and kidnappings persist, and “some kidnap victims have been killed, shot, sexually assaulted...
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IDT’s Voodoo Economics: Inside the Justice Department’s probe of telecom bribes in Haiti

March 16, 2010
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IDT’s Voodoo Economics: Inside the Justice Department’s probe of telecom bribes in Haiti

When the devastating earthquake hit Haiti in January, IDT (IDTC), the New Jersey-based global phone company, moved fast to help. It announced it was setting up calling stations at hotels and other sites so Haitians could use its Internet calling-service to reach family and friends around the world. It cut rates on its U.S....
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March 16th Photo Gallery of Haitian Earthquake Aftermath

March 16, 2010
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March 16th Photo Gallery of Haitian Earthquake Aftermath


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Hospital releases blind Haitian violinist

March 16, 2010
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Hospital releases blind Haitian violinist

By Jennifer Rizzo, CNN Miami, Florida (CNN) — Romel Joseph calls it his second life. “When I came here, I said I was 99.9 percent dead, and I am leaving here 85 percent alive,” he said. The blind violinist who was trapped for 18 hours after Haiti’s earthquake in January was released from a...
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Haiti’s religious ground rumbles-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

March 16, 2010
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Haiti’s religious ground rumbles-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

Growth of evangelicals, Protestants could have deep political influence on a rebuilding nation. By Kenneth Kidd PETIONVILLE, HAITI–The iron gates that lead from the small chapel to the main church have been chained shut. Paper signs in Creole and French plead for help with rebuilding. The main part of St. Pierre Catholic Church is...
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Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti Foundation under fiscal scrutiny

March 15, 2010
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Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti Foundation under fiscal scrutiny

By Susan Kinzie Washington Post Staff Writer Saturday, January 16, 2010 By Friday morning, just days after the earthquake hit, Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti Foundation had raised more than $1.5 million. Undoubtedly, Jean’s celebrity helped draw in donors: He’s an internationally known musician from Haiti who won a Grammy with the Fugees and went...
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Democrats and Haiti Telecom Clinton and friends are back in business.

March 15, 2010
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Democrats and Haiti Telecom Clinton and friends are back in business.

BY MARY ANASTASIA O’GRADY Joseph P. Kennedy II took time out last month from his oil dealings with Hugo Chávez to respond to a column I wrote about another of his ventures. This one involved a 1999 contract between Fusion Telecommunications, where Mr. Kennedy was on the board, and the state-owned telecom monopoly Haiti...
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Absence of U.S. flag in Haiti sparks controversy -Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

March 15, 2010
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Absence of U.S. flag in Haiti sparks controversy -Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

By Alan Gomez and Oren Dorell, USA TODAY The many nations helping Haiti recover from the devastating earthquake that struck there have set up their own military compounds and fly their flags at the entrances. France’s tricolor, Britain’s Union Jack and even Croatia‘s coat of arms flap in the breeze. But the country whose...
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Haiti’s Do-It-Yourself Recovery-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

March 14, 2010
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Haiti’s Do-It-Yourself Recovery-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

By LAWRENCE DOWNES Port-au-Prince, Haiti The unwritten rules of driving in the capital — just tap the horn, keep your cool, be polite — keep traffic moving, even in a streetscape clotted with earthquake rubble and trash and shadowed by mass death. Cars, the jitneys known as tap-taps, motorbikes, pedestrians, even dogs accept them....
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The art of survival in Haiti-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

March 14, 2010
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The art of survival in Haiti-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

Rum and refugees apart, Haiti’s biggest export is art — vibrant, fantastical, brilliantly coloured paintings full of detail and symbolism, the best of which fetch many thousands of dollars in the United States and Europe. Haiti has suffered every sort of adversity — slavery, war, brutal dictatorships, desperate poverty, floods, landslides — but the...
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Haitian parents with U.S.-born children are in a bind 1,300 quake survivors fear to return to devastated nation, but their time here is running out-Added COMMETNARY By Haitian-Truth

March 14, 2010
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Haitian parents with U.S.-born children are in a bind 1,300 quake survivors fear to return to devastated nation, but their time here is running out-Added COMMETNARY By Haitian-Truth

MIAMI Of the thousands of Haitian nationals airlifted to America after the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake, some have an extra tie to this nation: U.S.-born children. Unlike their countrymen who immigrated to the United States and are now eligible for temporary protected status, these parents lived with their children in Haiti, but would travel...
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International adoption delayed for a Haitian orphan

March 14, 2010
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International adoption delayed for a Haitian orphan

By Kathie Klarreich Correspondent 
posted March 14, 2010 at 10:05 am EDT Pierre Payen, Haiti — Chris and Leslie Rollings knew, when they took tiny 15-day-old Olivia home from Heartline Ministries orphanage in January 2008, that it could take years to be legally recognized as her adoptive parents. Having run a nongovernmental agency for...
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UN chief sees dangers up-close in Haiti quake camp-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

March 14, 2010
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UN chief sees dangers up-close in Haiti quake camp-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is in Haiti to investigate a shortage of shelter and increased violence in Haiti’s teeming earthquake camps. Ban’s four-hour visit Sunday is his second since the Jan. 12 earthquake ravaged the Caribbean nation, killing more than 200,000 people and leaving 1.3 million homeless. His first stop is...
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Remains Found 2 Months After Haiti Quake-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

March 14, 2010
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Remains Found 2 Months After Haiti Quake-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

Aid Groups Say Gov’t Slow to Relocate Those in Squalid Camps; Several Hurt in Building Collapse (CBS/AP) Haitian survivors on Friday marked the two-month anniversary of a devastating earthquake that leveled most of the capital, while workers continued to recover the remains of quake victims from under the rubble of several buildings. Around 700...
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In Haiti, funerals become eulogies for a nation-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

March 14, 2010
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In Haiti, funerals become eulogies for a nation-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

BY JACQUELINE CHARLES jcharles@MiamiHerald.com LEOGANE, Haiti — Two separate funeral bands file past one another in concurrent ceremonies for the different set of mourners, whose wails pierce through white tents crammed with family and friends for the final viewing of the departed lying in open caskets. The scene depicts yet another day of tragedy...
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Haitian recovery takes root in field of skepticism-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

March 14, 2010
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Haitian recovery takes root in field of skepticism-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — By any human standard, the sprawling tent city across from the collapsed National Palace in the Haitian capital remains a living hell. Large families huddle in rickety shacks thrown together with tarps, sticks, twine — whatever can be scavenged. People bathe in the street with a bucket of water and a...
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Called from the suburbs to a Haitian mountaintop

March 13, 2010
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Called from the suburbs to a Haitian mountaintop

By ADAM GELLER AP National Writer KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Odette. Benita. Valancia. Atanie. Each Sunday morning, members of White Stone Church spread photos of the girls’ grinning, impish faces across a folding table before 10 a.m. worship, then prayed for the day the children might join them. When the churchgoers closed their eyes and...
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Old and poor in Haiti suffer mightily after the quake-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

March 13, 2010
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Old and poor in Haiti suffer mightily after the quake-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

By William Booth Saturday, March 13, 2010 PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI — It was always hard to be old in Haiti, but after the earthquake, to be old and poor feels like a curse, say those who are both. “We struggle to maintain a little dignity, but look at us,” said Lauranise Gedeon, who sat, embarrassed,...
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PREVAL – JUST LIKE IRAN -HOLDS AMERICAN HOSTAGE Haiti judge: New charge for US missionary leader-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

March 13, 2010
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PREVAL – JUST LIKE IRAN -HOLDS  AMERICAN HOSTAGE Haiti judge: New charge for US missionary leader-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The last of 10 American missionaries detained in Haiti on suspicion of kidnapping is facing a new charge. Judge Bernard Saint-Vil says Laura Silsby has been charged for a newly discovered, alleged attempt to bus child earthquake survivors to the Dominican Republic on Jan. 26. She already could face trial on...
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