Immigration Rules in Bahamas Sweep Up Haitians - NYTimes.com

Immigration Rules in Bahamas Sweep Up Haitians – NYTimes.com

On Thursday, the Bahamian government announced that the new policy would go a step further: By next fall, schools will be asked to ensure that every child has a student permit. The annual $125 permit and a passport with a residency stamp will be required even of children born in the Bahamas who do not hold Bahamian citizenship.

The tough new policy echoes similar stances around the region, where…

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When ACFFC’s not making headlines about the incredible work our
students are creating in their community, we’re back at foundation
headquarters… getting ready for lunch. ACFFC feeds over 100 children
three times a day. Most of the students enrolled in our program would
not eat regularly if they weren’t eating with us. We’re happy to offer
our feeding program, but it all hinges on two things: our fantastic
cooks, and our stove!

Our stove is officially at the end of its career. Wear and tear has
caused it to fall apart over time, and it’s now dangerous for our
cooks to use. It’s being held together with whims and prayers — it
could completely fall apart at any moment.  We need to get this stove
replaced ASAP! Time is of the essense!

This is where you come in. We’re going to need your help if we’re
going to keep feeding our young visionaries.

Invest in the tummies of Haiti’s future leaders. Please donate,
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'The Recyclers of Port-au-Prince' – Toxic dump scanvengers five years after Haiti earthquake

In a 200-acre-plus dump 5 kilometers north of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, hundreds of men, women and children scavenge day and night through the burning wasteland. They earn $12 to $15 a day — on a good day — for recycling plastics as well as clothing, household items and aluminum (for smelting). Some 5,000 tons of waste is created each day in the Port-au-Prince area.
It is here that the majority of the rubble from the January 2010 earthquake was dumped. The quake killed more than 230,000 people in and around Port-au-Prince. 


A few companies have sprung up recently to buy the recycled plastic for 10 to 14 cents per pound. 


Most of the dump scavengers have major respiratory and other health issues. The landscape is filled with the smoke from burning rubber, plastics and garbage. Large pigs roam the mountains of trash, feeding off the rotting household waste. They are eventually killed and sold by the internal dump-appointed bosses.

Most alarming is the amount of unregulated medical waste dumped here from city hospitals and clinics. “We don’t know how much or what they dump,” said one of the recyclers.

Ringing the dump, still within the clouds of drifting toxic smoke, are hundreds of corrugated tin shacks, where the workers live and deal in the various recycling side businesses that the dump provides.

Photographing this area was by far one of the more taxing projects I have attempted. Many of the dwellers have fled the city and gang affiliations and do not want to be seen. As the Haitian National Police rarely visit here, it has become a safe haven for some of Port-au-Prince’s more shady characters.

I was given patrol access in the dump over three days in January. Questions to officials were left, for the most part, unanswered, but one thing is clear: Proper incineration and waste disposal is needed, as only 10 percent of the city’s waste is collected by the state.

(Text and Photography by Giles Clarke/Getty Images Reportage)

See more images from the dump and our other slideshows on Yahoo News!

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake which greatly damaged the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas. While the disaster was the result of a natural phenomenon, as many Haitian and non-Haitian commentators have observed, it contributed to making Haiti’s social and political climate more fragile than it had been before. Not only has there been a multiplication of foreign non governmental organizations presence on Haitian soil, two of Haiti’s most controversial leaders, Jean-Claude Duvalier (“Bébé Doc,” who died last October) and Jean-Bertrand Aristide (“Titide”) returned to the country shortly after the earthquake. As we reflect on the numerous challenges awaiting Haiti, Haitian history, and not the — overtly simplistic, often bias and sometimes even plainly racist — media coverage of the situation in the Caribbean Republic, nor a series of — inspiring but often politicized and decontextualized — family anecdotes,  should be our guide to understand the complexities of the current Haitian state.

* Useful Guides: Chronology of Haitian History  •  List of Haitian Heads of State  •  Primary Documents  •  Reading Suggestions

Donating A Single Rollerblade Is Not Going To Help Disaster Victims

Five years ago today a massive earthquake rocked the island nation of Haiti. Within hours, Partners In Health, the largest provider of health care in the country and the organization for which I work, was delivering care in Port-au-Prince. The outpouring of support overwhelmed us. By some estimates, half of all American households contributed to the relief effort.

And they didn’t just write checks. When one sees images of homes and lives in ruin, the impulse is to do more than give money, to give something to ease the suffering of others. After the earthquake, individuals donated clothing, toys and household items. Similarly, we received significant corporate donations of medicines and medical equipment for dealing with trauma. These in-kind donations, as they’re known, filled a critical gap in the response efforts, both by supplying us with necessary items and by allowing us to use our funds for other priorities.

While most of the materials offered in the aftermath of the earthquake were valuable, we also received many unsolicited and inappropriate donations, both from corporations and individuals including unwashed sheets, nearly-expired medications and, famously, a single rollerblade. When in-kind donations are not well considered, they slow response efforts by diverting staff time to sorting or disposing of unwanted goods.

How can nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations work with potential donors, both individuals and corporations, to ensure that in-kind gifts have the greatest impact? And can we come up with a strategy to apply to the Ebola crisis, for which donations, both cash and in-kind, have lagged?

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Image by Maria Fabrizio for NPR