I repost here a great story from those fine folks at IRIN on why Save the Children had such a hard time getting contributions for those affected by political violence in Cote d’Ivoire, while tens of millions of dollars was raised for Japanese earthquake and tsunami victims. Here it is. Visit the IRIN website for [...]
Posted: May 19th, 2011 under Africa, Asia, Disaster aid, NGOs, Natural disaster, civil wars, humanitarian.
Tags: charitable giving, Cote d'Ivoire, earthquake, IRIN, Japan, Save the Children, tsunami
Media, online and offline, are swamped with stories about the one-year anniversary of the earthquake that leveled Port-au-Prince and other areas of southern Haiti. Most chronicle the slow and no rate of progress in the reconstruction, all from easily predictable circumstances and patterns of behavior. Here are two stories though that present straight-forward information, in [...]
Posted: January 12th, 2011 under Caribbean, Disaster aid, Foreign policy, Global health, NGOs, Natural disaster, humanitarian.
Tags: children's rights, displaced people, earthquake, Haiti, Haiti earthuake, reconstruction
It comes from the nongovernmental organization Handicap International. Considering all of the crush injuries that resulted in amputations what this group did and didn’t accomplish on the ground addresses a critical aspect of this anniversary event. Read the report here.
Posted: January 11th, 2011 under Caribbean, Disaster aid, Global health, NGOs, Natural disaster, humanitarian.
Tags: amputations, children's health, disabilities, earthquake, Haiti, Haiti earthquake, Handicap International, prostheses
Here’s the review I wrote for The Inquirer on two of the three documentaries being shown tonight from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake that struck southern Haiti.
Posted on Jan. 11, 2010
PBS remembers Haiti, with shows on earthquakes, criminals, children
By Carolyn Davis
Inquirer Staff Writer
Commemorating the [...]
Posted: January 11th, 2011 under Caribbean, Disaster aid, Natural disaster, United Nations, human rights, humanitarian.
Tags: children's rights, earthquake, Frontline, Haiti, Haiti earthquake, Independent Lens, nongovernmental organizations, NOVA, street children
Today’s Miami Herald editorial page makes a strong case for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to put Haitians at the top of the immigration line. Read the first few paragraphs below and the full editorial here. With the first anniversary of the earthquake coming next week, be prepared for lots of stories and programs on [...]
Posted: January 6th, 2011 under Caribbean, Disaster aid, Foreign policy, Natural disaster, U.S. politics, human rights, humanitarian.
Tags: earthquake, Haiti, Haitian earthquake, immigrationm, Miami Herald, U.S. immigration policy
The writer of this opinion piece brings up issues touched on in my story on Haitian evacuees. He wrote this for the UK’s Guardian. Here’s the start of it and a link to the full story.
Save Haiti from aid tourists
The ‘republic of NGOs’ is in a vicious circle of dependence and institutional infantilism
Rory Carroll | The [...]
The media are great at covering people with the best of intentions who rush into a crisis to help, such as when American medical personnel hurried to Haiti in the wake of its January earthquake. Some, such as a couple of Philadelphia-area doctors, did more than treat victims there. They arranged to have them sent [...]
Posted: November 10th, 2010 under Caribbean, Disaster aid, Global health, human rights, humanitarian.
Tags: earthquake, Haiti, humanitarian parole, medical aid, medical evacuation, Partners in Health
This from a UNICEF press release:
UNICEF mobilizing for Qinghai earthquake disaster
Majority of primary schools collapsed, urgent need for tents, winter clothing
BEIJING, 15 April 2010 –UNICEF will send urgently needed relief supplies for children affected by yesterday’s massive earthquake. The response will be coordinated with other UN agencies. The quake heavily damaged parts of remote [...]
Posted: April 15th, 2010 under Asia, Disaster aid, United Nations, human rights, international children's issues.
Tags: child health, China, earthquake, emergency aid, humanitarian relief, school, UNICEF
The title of this post owes itself to the line I’ve put in bold in the IRIN story below. “…Most children who had one living relative were taken in by them,” local caretakers report. Why do I think that statement is so important? Because it runs counter to images among some outside of Haiti that [...]
Posted: March 22nd, 2010 under Caribbean, Disaster aid, Natural disaster, human rights, humanitarian, international children's issues.
Tags: children's rights, earthquake, education, Haiti, orphans
The BBC reports this story today. Here’s a snippet of it:
Aid workers in Haiti have sent home all but one of the 33 children that US missionaries tried to take out of the country after the January earthquake.
They said all the children had parents to return to. Each family was given food, blankets and $260 [...]
Posted: March 18th, 2010 under Caribbean, Natural disaster, human rights, humanitarian, international children's issues.
Tags: adoption, child protection, children's rights, earthquake, Haiti, orphans