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Six years after cholera was introduced into one of Haiti’s largest rivers due to negligent waste management at a United Nations Peacekeeper base, the UN publicly apologized to cholera victims. The United Nations deeply regrets the loss of life and suffering caused by the cholera outbreak in Haiti. On behalf of the United Nations, I want…

Read more An apology for cholera

It has been six years since the disastrous January 2010 earthquake in Haiti which killed over 200,000 Haitians; it was also the year of the tragic outbreak of cholera that has now infected more than 785,000 people. Cholera is an acute diarrheal illness and there are an estimated 3-5 million cases around the world each…

Read more Haiti in hope of recovery

Advocating for policy change often requires taking the long view. It takes many small, incremental steps to build enough momentum to move what can feel unmovable. But ripples of advocacy for Haitian cholera victims started to gather into something bigger in recent weeks with the United Nations’ (UN) acknowledgement of its responsibility for introducing cholera…

Read more When ripples become waves

Just as many children in the U.S. enjoy eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, peanut butter is a regular nutritious snack for Haitian children and adults. Peanuts represent an important industry in Haiti, where nearly 150,000 farmers produce roughly 70,000 metric tons of peanuts annually. A thriving peanut processing sector employs an estimated 500,000 Haitians,…

Read more When good intentions go bad: U.S. dumping peanuts in Haiti

Peanuts have taken center stage in Haiti, after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that a surplus of peanuts in the U.S. would be shipped to Haitian school children. It has ignited a lively debate between proponents of food assistance, Haitian development organizations and farmer coalitions, and international organizations with years of experience working…

Read more True cost of “free” peanuts

By Charissa Zehr Democracy, transparency and good governance become catchphrases during political campaigns and election cycles. In Haiti, these issues contribute to the deepening debate around mining. As the legitimacy of Haiti’s government continues to be questioned, some of Mennonite Central Committee’s partner organizations have expressed concerns that a proposed mining law could be passed…

Read more The risky business of mining