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Haiti slavery

Haiti slavery

The recently released Global Slavery Index reveals that there are an estimated 29.8 million people enslaved worldwide. Almost half of the index’s listed top offenders are from Asia. Mauritania, Haiti, and Pakistan have the highest prevalence of trafficking, but India, China and Pakistan enslave the highest number of people.   Haiti, a Caribbean nation plagued by conflict, natural disaster and…

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Haiti Food and Spirits Festival

Haiti Food and Spirits Festival

Recently Haiti held its 3rd Gout et Saveurs Lakay or “Food and Spirits Festival” from 27th September to October 6th. The 10 day festival was held at the Karibe Hotel and Convention centre in Port-au-Prince and featured cuisine created by renowned chefs from some of Haiti’s top restaurants, and beverages chosen by respected spirit makers and sommeliers from across the…

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Busy week comes to an end.

Busy week comes to an end.

A very busy week comes to an end. But most of it was good, even if some fairly boring paperwork was involved. I had three really interesting meetings with possible clients. First answer should come this week. A draft proposal for a “bigger” documentary project which should start early 2014 if all goes well with funding was sent out! I…

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UN Hit With Lawsuit Over Haiti Cholera Outbreak

UN Hit With Lawsuit Over Haiti Cholera Outbreak

Victims of the Haiti cholera epidemic are filing a multi-billion dollar compensation claim against the UN in a New York court. Lawyers representing the families of over 8,000 people who died, and the 650,000 fell sick, say UN peacekeepers inadvertently introduced the disease into Haiti in late 2010. The UN has earlier rejected compensation claims by victims.    

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The education system in Haiti

The education system in Haiti

Last week the school year in Haiti started one month delayed. Hopefully the children will learn a lot for the future to raise the country out of poverty. Beginning in 1948, the international community recognized education as a fundamental human right, through Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The first Haitian constitution of 1801 stated that the…

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Haiti Fasion Week

Haiti Fasion Week

PHOTO: AP Recently it was time for the second “Haiti Fashion Week” in the capital Port-au-Prince since November. Haiti’s long been renowned for its brightly colored paintings, metalwork handicrafts and wide-ranging styles of music while its fashion industry has lagged somewhat behind. This is in large part because Haitian fashion consists mainly of clothes exported from Florida, otherwise known as…

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School delayed in Haiti

School delayed in Haiti

Students in Haiti will lose a month of school for the third year in a row as it was announced late August. The first day of classes would be in October rather than its usual start date in September. The Minister of Education Vanneur Pierre proposed the suggestion to delay the return of classes during the 17th Council of Government…

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Single source for the cholera outbreak in Haiti confirmed

Single source for the cholera outbreak in Haiti confirmed

From a new report confirms what I thought all along; The strain of cholera that has sickened thousands in Haiti came from a single source and was not repeatedly introduced to the island over the past three years as some have thought, according to a new study published in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology….

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Haiti’s children are starving

Haiti’s children are starving

I have spent totally 20 months in Haiti since 2005. It’s the poorest country in the western hemisphere. You can see, feel and smell the poverty wherever you go. The hardships are enormous for the people and the hunger among the citizens is growing. The hair on broomstick-thin children has turned patchy and more orange, their stomachs have ballooned to…

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New projects

New projects

I have a couple of new projects in the pipeline now. Really excited about that actually. Feels good, it came to me during a sleepless night last week when I was thinking about something else. Anyway more on that soon. Tomorrow I will work on another project that is growing, and will also take a sidestep through a small multimedia…

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Mixed week.

Mixed week.

What a week. A real roller-coaster ride. My back pain that got really bad in the middle of the week, so I went to the hospital in central Bangkok. Got a MRI scan of the back, plus an injection, and some more pills. Feels better but need to think about a proper training program. On the good side, I have…

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Haiti quake – Three years on!

Haiti quake – Three years on!

Haiti quake – three years on. Where did the money Go? Public donors pledged $9.5 billion in relief and recovery aid to Haiti for 2010 to 2012. About $5.9 billion had been disbursed by the end of September, though disbursed does not always mean spent. Figures do not include money – at least $1.5 billion – spent by private groups,…

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Lucia Day in Sweden and soon its Christmas

Lucia Day in Sweden and soon its Christmas

Today is Lucia Day in Sweden. Not really a holiday but many people celebrate in various ways. Soon its Christmas. Here are a couple of pics from Colombia. The kids were internal refugees. They had to leave their homes with their parents in other parts in Colombia due to the ongoing conflict there. They resettled in safe areas. Poor, relocated…

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Haiti slammed by Hurricane Sandy

Haiti slammed by Hurricane Sandy

Yet again the poorest country in the Americas, Haiti, is hit by a natural disaster. Yesterday hurricane Sandy slammed Haiti with full force. At least a dozen people were killed. Houses were destroyed; livestock and plantations were washed away in flash floods. Several projects supported by development organization Star of Hope (one of my clients) were also affected. Thousands of…

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Haiti update

Haiti update

Just a update from Haiti, a country that I got to love over the 18 plus months I stayed there all in all. I really wished I could back soon to spend some more time there. Work was interesting and the people I got to know were all nice in all the ways you could ask for. Plastic Plastic and…

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