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Wanda Sabir’s Appeal

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San Francisco Bay View arts editor and poet Wanda Sabir

Greetings, Everyone:

I went to Haiti over the Spring Break this year. I visited many grassroots organizations in Delmas, CitĂ© Soliel and Port-au-Prince. I would like to return in August for two weeks, before fall semester starts, to see the areas I missed in my six-day visit in April, like the Aristide Foundation. I would also like to take cameras for Jean Ristil, Jean Baptiste’s kids, and money for the other organizations like the orphanage supported by Equator Faith Church in Oakland. I’d like to take funds to So Anne to buy food for the meals she serves, and to Rea Dol, who is rebuilding her school and taking care of so many people.

I’d like to raise about $4000 (I have raised $300 as of July 22), which will cover my airfare ($820 ) and transport/boarding ($400-500) with money left over to give between $300-400 dollars to all these organizations. These are the people doing the work without government and NGO/non-profit assistance. When I was there last, I left everything: tent, sleeping bag, bug spray, medicines, school supplies with my host Rea Dol. I’d like to leave money, too, this time. I need another tent and a sleeping bag (smile). I don’t know who I’ll meet when I go to Jacmel, Les Cayes and, hopefully, Port-de-Paix — with an overnight stop in Cap Haitien to see friends at SOIL — and the island of La Gonaive, but I know I will return with another list. The cost also includes my escort’s travel and lodging expenses. So dig deep and give generously.

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Send the donations to me at
P.O. Box 30756
Oakland, CA 94604.
Checks can be made out to Wanda Sabir.

You can call me: 510.712.4015 — mobile.

I plan to have another report back in October during Maafa Awareness Month.


July 22, 2010

IMF cancels $268 million Haiti debt

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The Associated Press
Thursday, July 22, 2010; 5:24 AM

PARIS — The IMF says it has canceled Haiti’s $268 million debt and will lend the earthquake-devastated country another $60 million to help it with reconstruction plans.

The International Monetary Fund said Wednesday the decision is part of a plan for long-term reconstruction after the Jan. 12 magnitude-7 quake, which killed as many as 300,000 people.

To read this story in its entirety, go to the Washington Post original


Suffering and struggle: Six months after the Haitian earthquake

By Patrick Martin
10 July 2010
World Socialist Web Site

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Port-au-Prince shortly after the January 2010 earthquake

Six months after an earthquake destroyed much of Haiti and killed more than 300,000 people, little has been done for the survivors. The promises by the United Nations and the major powers, particularly the United States, have produced only a trickle of aid. Of the billions promised at a series of conferences, amid much media publicity, only 2 percent has actually been delivered.

The scale of the devastation produced by the worst natural disaster of the twenty-first century still staggers the imagination. The death toll was at least 300,000, and by some estimates nearly 500,000, out of a total population of 8 million—the worst disaster, in terms of the proportion of the population, in modern history. The equivalent in a country the size of the United States would be a death toll of 10 to 20 million.

Virtually all the deaths were caused by the collapse of homes and other buildings in Haiti’s urban centers, particularly the overcrowded slums of Port-au-Prince, the capital city. Some 188,000 homes were damaged, according to one survey, of which 105,000 were completely destroyed, along with 1,300 schools, 50 hospitals, the presidential palace, the parliament building and the port of Port-au-Prince.

MORE ~ To read the story in its entirety, go to the original
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ISLAND BENEATH THE SEA, Isabel Allende’s new novel, breathes life into the history and spirituality of Saint Domingue (pre-revolutionary Haiti) and New OrlĂ©ans. From her extensive research into the back-story of colonialism, slavery and human bondage, master storyteller Allende moves in close to dramatize in heartbreaking detail the story of one slave woman’s fate. The revered author’s April 27, 2010 interview with KQED Forum’s Michael Krasny is one sound, moving eye-opener.

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Michelle Obama and Jill Biden visit Haiti

  • “Haiti, Haiti, Tortured Lady” — a poem by Al Young
  • Three Poems for the Terremoto — Lorna Dee Cervantes
  • Poetry Friday: Edwidge Danticat Voices Haiti, Always
  • ~ Writing Off Sovereignty: QuĂ©bec Media on Haiti Since the Earthquake
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  • Music of Haiti ~ National Geographic World Music Site
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    Frequently updated since the earliest posting of January 12th, 2010


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    Haiti updates at the New York Times

    April 2010


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    March 15-21

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    Poems from Haiti, translated by Merete Mueller with Dominique Herard

    Jan 19, 2010


    March 10th


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    Lost in the ruins: Haiti’s best and brightest

    March 9th

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    Haitian poet Boadiba’s EARTHQUAKE DIARY (introduced by Ishmael Reed



    Note Arundhati Roy‘s comment below on how big-money media have perfected the coverage of crisis, disaster and catastrophe in the 21st century.


    “What are we? Since that’s your question, I’m going to answer you. We’re this country, and it wouldn’t be a thing without us, nothing at all. Who does the planting? Who does the watering? Who does the harvesting? Coffee, cotton, rice, sugar cane, cacao, corn, bananas, vegetables, and all the fruits, who’s going to grow them if we don’t? Yet with all that, we’re poor, that’s true. We’re out of luck, that’s true. We’re miserable, that’s true. But do you know why, brother? Because of our ignorance. We don’t know yet what a force we are, what a single force – all the peasants, all the Negroes of the plain and hill, all united. Some day, when we get wise to that, we’ll rise up from one end of the country to the other.”

    Jacques Roumain (1907-1944),

    Masters of the Dew

    (Gouverneurs de la rosée)

    Translated from the French by Langston Hughes and Mercer Cook

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    SARKOZY IN HAITI: Two Accounts

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    First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy comforts a Haitian child


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    >>> Sarkozy visits Haiti, unveils major aid package

    By Pascal Fletcher

    19 February 2010


    PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced a financial and aid package of nearly half a billion dollars on Wednesday to assist quake-hit Haiti, as he became France’s first head of state to visit the former French Caribbean colony.

    The support package totalling 326 million euros (285 million pounds) included cancellation of 56 million euros of debt, 100 million euros of fresh funds to be provided over two years and 65 million euros to be channelled through the European Union.“I have come to tell Haiti’s people that they are not alone … France will be at your side in the long term,” Sarkozy told a news conference in the grounds of the Haitian presidential palace which partly collapsed in the January 12 earthquake … continued

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    >>> Mass protests greet Sarkozy visit to Haiti

    By Alex Lantier

    19 February 2010

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy traveled for a one-day visit to Haiti on February 17, amid rising popular opposition to the Western-backed Préval government and international tensions over how to rebuild the country. The US military occupied Haiti after the devastating January 12 earthquake that killed over 200,000 people, wounded over 250,000, and destroyed much of the country’s infrastructure.

    Sarkozy, the first French head of state ever to visit Haiti, was greeted with street protests by thousands of Haitians demanding the return of elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Ousted by a US- and French-backed coup in 2004, Aristide was exiled to the Central African Republic, a former French colony. President René Préval, a former prime minister under Aristide in the 1990s, came to power in 2006 in elections supervised by the provisional government of Boniface Alexandre that was installed by the coup.

    PrĂ©val tried to address the crowd outside the presidential palace. However, crowds shouted him down, and PrĂ©val left in a luxury Jeep, surrounded by bodyguards … continued


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    A man listens to a radio at a refugee camp in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

    Over to You: the BBC’s daily Connexion Haiti broadcasts are helping people reunite and solve everyday, hour-to-hour, minute to-minute problems.

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    Four weeks after earthquake —

    Haiti: hunger sparks growing protests

    By Bill Van Auken

    World Socialist Web Site

    9 February 2010

    On Sunday, Haiti saw one of its largest protests since the January 12 earthquake. as four weeks after the disaster, frustration with continuing hunger and homelessness mount …

    Read the rest of this troubling story


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    Link TV ~ 22 January 2010


    19 January 2010 ~ MTV’s global telethon fundraiser

    Les Cayes, Haiti ~ 12 January 2010

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    The Daily Haitian Times




    Signal FM Haiti





    Dahoud André: Radio Lakou New York


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    New York Times coverage

    BBC coverage

    ° Voices from Haiti °

    ° BBC In pictures: Haitian earthquake °

    Le Devoir




    Mosaic @ Link TV

    Link TV’s Ten Sources for Information on Haiti


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    “Crisis reportage in the twenty-first century has evolved into an independent discipline — almost a science. The money, the technology, and the orchestrated mass hysteria that goes into crisis reporting has a curious effect. It isolates the crisis, unmoors it from the particularities of the history, the geography, and the culture that produced it. Eventually it floats free like a hot-air balloon, carrying its cargo of international gadflies — specialists, analysts, foreign correspondents, and crisis photographers with their enormous telephoto lenses.”

    Arundhati Roy,

    An Ordinary Person’s Guide to Empire (2004)

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    Arundhati Roy


    londonrevbkscov2608 Paul Farmer: WHO REMOVED ARISTIDE?

    London Review of Books ~ April 15, 2004



    General Toussaint L’Ouverture (1743-1803)

    by Jacob Lawrence

    ° The slave who defeated Napoleon, Britain and Spain °


    Honorable agencies that actually deliver aid in the form of food, clothing and medical care directly to people on the ground in need


    Haiti Emergency Relief Fund


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