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Keep on working

Keep on working

Another busy week. I was in Örebro (about two hours drive from Stockholm) on a corporate job together with Kapybara media. Work went smooth. Unfortunately I broke the handle on my video camera. The handle just snapped when I was to remove it from the camera. I left it at the main Canon Professional Service Center. I claimed it on…

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Haiti – Four years on

Haiti – Four years on

Haiti – Four years on January 12 marks four years since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti, killing over 300,000, injuring another 300,000 and leaving 1.5 million people displaced. Most people that lived in tent camps around Port-au-Prince and other cities have been moved; all together 1.2 million people have been relocated. But still 150,000 people live in camps, and…

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Cholera likely to stay in Haiti

Cholera likely to stay in Haiti

Since a cholera epidemic began in Haiti in 2010, the disease has killed more than 8,300 people in that country. The bacteria that cause cholera may be settling in for good in Haiti, and meanwhile, its swath of destruction appears to be widening to other countries, researchers reported about a week ago. The cholera epidemic that surfaced in October 2010…

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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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