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Links 1 through 10 of 16 by Latoya Peterson tagged haiti

"'The percentage of people who speak French fluently is about 5%, and 100% speak Creole,' says Chris Low.
"'So it's really apartheid through language.'
"Ms Low is co-founder of an experimental school, the Matenwa Community Learning Center, which has broken with tradition, and conducts all classes in Creole.
"Educating children in French may work for the small elite who are fully bilingual, she argues, but not for the masses."

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"Sonia Pierre, a Dominican human rights activist, says the changes in Dominican citizenship laws have made hundreds of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent, in effect, stateless. She points to a landmark international court decision in 2005 calling on the Dominican government to end its discrimination against this population. But the government did the opposite - it hardened its policies and began retroactively withdrawing citizenship from Dominicans of Haitian descent.

"Claiming that it is only trying to 'clean up' its civil registry rolls, the government now systematically refuses to issue identity documents to Dominicans of Haitian descent. Officials often deny these documents because someone has a Haitian-sounding last name or 'looks' Haitian."

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"'The school was built for underprivileged kids, but the way the school is functioning, it is for the bourgeois,' said Paul Herns, 29, who teaches fifth grade. He echoed a common sentiment: gratitude mixed with the feeling that the company, which had revenues of $6.8 billion last year, could do a lot better."

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"Right now, people are dying in Haiti not because we don't know how to save them, but because of a lack of access, both to clean water and to Oral Rehydration Therapy. In other words, they are dying not because of a disease, but because of poverty."

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"Their eviction practices vary, from sudden and violent to mediated and planned. In some cases, landowners have sent thugs to slash or burn tents; in others they have offered cash payoffs to expedite expulsions. But whatever the method, the evictions increase the instability of the displaced population for whom few alternatives exist, given the slow pace of the cleanup and reconstruction effort."

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Lil Wayne was vocal about how humbled and honored he was to be taking over folk icon Bob Dylan's part on Monday night's remake of "We Are the World." But at the end of his soft-spoken comments to reporters during the recording session, the New Orleans-bred rapper added one more thought that instantly sent a buzz through the room.

"I think it's amazing what's been done for Haiti," Wayne said...then he added, "But I also think it's amazing what hasn't been done for New Orleans."

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"Islande Normil, 31, said that five years ago she gave her two eldest -- Ronason and Jameson, now 12 and 10 -- to an adoption agency and that she assumes they are both in the United States. Another child, a 10-year-old girl, is in an orphanage in Haiti, she said, awaiting parents who may want her in another country. Normil is left with a 3-year-old girl, who rocked in her arms as she talked to a foreign visitor.

"Some people blame me for what I did -- that I gave them away," she explained. "But I gave them a better life."

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"And while the Americans said they did not intend to offer the children for adoption, the Web site for their orphanage makes clear that they intended to do so."

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"The American missionaries seem to have assumed that they knew how to care for Haitian children better than the Haitian government or even their own families. And while, as Smolin says, the people of Haiti do need our help, that help shouldn't come in the form of lies and law-breaking. Silsby and her group have illustrated the worst possible model of international aid, in which rather than listening to what suffering people need, outsiders make decisions for them."

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"One way to give aid to Haiti immediately is to stop slandering and shaming its peoples in the international media. Another is to incorporate the perspectives of Haitians themselves into current news coverage. Let everyday Haitians, not just Wyclef, tell their stories, which are searingly different from Jean’s own. Black stories rarely get told on the evening news because the tellers are not white, educated, color or class privileged enough to influence decisions made by producers and editors. We do, however, hear the opinions of the Pat Robertsons of the world [...]"

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