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lundi 5 novembre 2012

Brens. Rencontre-débat pour soutenir Haïti



Mardi 6 novembre à 20h à l'Inéopole Formation , la MFR de Midi-Pyrénées propose une rencontre-débat sur Haïti, avec l'agronome Rosanie Moise, directrice de l'ONG haïtienne Veterimed et le Dr Frantz Germain, médecin généraliste à l'hôpital Foyer St Camille de Marin Haïti.
Veterimet, organisme haïtien de soutien aux éleveurs du pays, assure dans le cadre d'un partenariat avec le CHF et AVSF, le fonctionnement des programmes «Manman Bèf» et «Lêt Agogo».
Deux programmes qui souhaitent apporter leur aide à la reconquête, par les Haïtiens, de l'autosuffisance existante dans les années 60 et disparue depuis l'ouverture au marché mondial , dans un petit état fragilisé par sa situation sociale, politique et économique interne.Aide aussi à la recherche d'une certaine souveraineté alimentaire sur les deux décennies à venir, sur la base d'une politique volontariste pour une production nationale des denrées traditionnelles entrant dans la consommation de base.

70% de ruraux
Ce programme vise aussi à la nécessaire prise en compte des besoins de la population rurale (70 % de la population) pour qu'enfin elle accède à des crédits d'investissement permettant de relancer l'économie rurale (par l'agriculture et les activités connexes) et la reforestation (pour la protection des sols et de l'environnement).
Rosanie Moïse expliquera comment les actions menées par son ONG contribuent à la fourniture de solutions aux problèmes de la paysannerie haïtienne.
Le tremblement de terre du 12 janvier 2012 a détruit les bâtiments administratifs,les structures collectives (écoles, hôpitaux... ) et les biens individuels. Il a traumatisé les esprits et mutilé les corps.
Le Dr Frantz Germain dressera un bilan de la situation en terme de santé publique en Haïti, en précisant comment des praticiens surchargés de travail ont pu faire face, entre autres, à une épidémie de choléra.
Rencontre-débat sur Haïti, mardi 6 novembre 20h à l'Inéopole Formation.
http://www.ladepeche.fr/article/2012/11/05/1481618-brens-rencontre-debat-pour-soutenir-haiti.html

Des donateurs apportent une aide aux victimes de Sandy


Certains donateurs dont les Etats-Unis, le Venezuela et l'Organisation des Etats Américains (OEA) ont déjà manifesté leur détermination à aider les autorités haïtiennes.
L'ambassadeur des Etats-Unis à Port-au-Prince, Pamela A. White, a soutenu que son gouvernement fait tout son possible pour aider les autorités haïtiennes dans leurs efforts héroïques pour aider le peuple haïtien. J'ai demandé des fonds additionnels à Washington, nous anticipons de fournir une assistance au profit de l'agriculture, le secteur le plus durement touché par Sandy, a expliqué Mme White.
A travers l'Agence Américaine pour le Développement International (USAID) des fournitures de secours ont été distribuées à des familles dans les régions les plus affectées par Sandy. L'USAID a distribué des bâches ainsi que des kits d'hygiène et des couvertures pour venir en aide à plus de 10 000 personnes.
Par ailleurs, le Secrétaire général de l'OEA, José Miguel Insulza, a annoncé qu'une réunion de la Commission interaméricaine pour la réduction des catastrophes naturelles sera convoquée pour discuter de l'aide qui pourrait être apportée aux pays les plus touchés par le cyclone Sandy.
Il a confirmé l'engagement de l'OEA à travailler avec le gouvernement d'Haïti et ses partenaires interaméricains et internationaux pour alléger les souffrances de la population haïtienne et atténuer les conséquences du cyclone qui a provoqué des inondations dans plusieurs régions du pays. " Dans cette période subséquente à une catastrophe qu'Haïti a vécu trop souvent au cours de ces récentes années, le président Martelly et la population d'Haïti peuvent compter sur la solidarité totale des États américains", a-t-il conclu.
LLM / radio Métropole Haïti
http://www.metropolehaiti.com/metropole/full_poli_fr.php?id=21557

En Haïti, le français revendiqué !

avec le Chancelier Gabriel de Broglie, de l’Académie française
Gabriel de Broglie, Chancelier de l’institut de France et Hélène Carrère d’Encausse, Secrétaire perpétuel de l’académie française, se sont rendus en Haïti du 5 au 8 septembre 2012 pour visiter les programmes de reconstruction en cours, gérés et orchestrés par l’Organisation Non Gouvernementale « Bibliothèques Sans Frontières » –BSF- qui s’était vue remettre en 2010, suite au terrible tremblement de terre qui ravagea l’île cette année-là, le grand prix culturel de la Fondation Louis D, doté de 750 000€. Il évoque ici la toute particulière relation d’Haïti à la langue française.
Au cours de ce déplacement et des nombreuses visites qui y étaient programmées, Hélène Carrère d'Encausse donna une conférence sur le thème « Langues et Littérature en France et en Haïti » dans les salles de l’Université de Port-au-Prince.
Le Chancelier Gabriel de Broglie s’exprima quant à lui, au cours d’une seconde conférence, sur un thème qui lui est cher : « la Francophonie et la question des langues en Haïti » à l'Institut Français cette fois, devant un public composé en partie d'étudiants, très attentifs et concernés par ces questions.

















Gabriel de Broglie(...)

http://www.canalacademie.com/ida9682-En-Haiti-le-francais-revendique.html

Haïti – Sécurité : 4 morts et 3 blessés dans un conflit armé entre gangs rivaux à Cité Soleil


04 nov. 2012 [AlterPresse] --- Une bataille, engagée le samedi 3 novembre 2012 entre 2 groupes armés de bandits des quartiers de Simon Pelé et Boston, à Cité Soleil (au nord de la capitale), a fait 4 morts et 3 blessés, apprend l’agence en ligne AlterPresse.
La police n’est pas en mesure de porter des précisions exactes sur l’identité de ces victimes.
Néanmoins, « elles sont mortes par balles », indique à AlterPresse le porte-parole de la police nationale d’Haïti (Pnh), le commissaire Frantz Lerebours.
La Pnh a, depuis, déployé, à Cité Soleil, des unités spéciales dans le but de rétablir l’ordre.
Cette situation de violences, entre groupes armés rivaux de cette grande agglomération populaire, a troublé la circulation sur la route de l’aéroport international, au cours de la journée du samedi 3 novembre.
Parallèlement, à la deuxième avenue Bolosse (périphérie sud de la capitale), des hommes armés auraient ouvert le feu, le même samedi 3 novembre 2012, sur des riverains, faisant 2 victimes, rapportent à AlterPresse des habitants de la zone.
Le commissaire Lerebours affirme ne pas disposer de données, pour le moment, sur des cas de victimes par balles qui seraient enregistrées à Bolosse.
Ce nouveau climat de tension, dans des quartiers sensibles de la capitale Port-au-Prince, coïncide avec une hausse des prix de différents produits de première nécessité, sur le marché national, à l’approche de la période de fin d’année (2012), généralement associée à des ambiances de fêtes mondaines et de réjouissances publiques.
Cela survient également dans un contexte, où les autorités judiciaires et policières tendent à reprendre l’initiative contre les réseaux de kidnappeurs et d’autres criminels. [srh rc apr 04/10/2012 11:03]

http://www.alterpresse.org/spip.php?article13631

Artist brings a Haitian style to the Desert Southwest

By BILL COATES Valley Life Editor Casa Grande Valley Newspapers Inc.
Janet Sanders found the Haitian influence for her art in Antigua, a Caribbean island 700 miles southeast of Haiti.
Sanders shows her paintings in Gallery 203 in downtown Casa Grande. Three of them reflect the Haitian influence that made its way to Antigua. Each half of a painting is the mirror image of the other half. One has herons, each a mirror image of the other. The other has mirror-image lions. All have a pond and, in the background, a mountain.
On another wall at Gallery 203 hangs a painting in the same Haitian style. But Sanders has applied the technique to the Desert Southwest, depicting a symmetry of saguaros, succulents, Kokopelli icons and familiar landmarks.
“I took that style and made it my own,” said Sanders, 65.
Her imagination, it happens, goes beyond her Haitian influence. Many of her paintings are layered with textures not found in those early works. And she creates art out of found objects — everything from belt buckles to bicycle wheels. It’s recycled art or — as she calls it — upcycled art.
Sanders’ art has not gone unrecognized. The Case Grande Valley Fine Art Association named her Artist of the Month for November. Her work will be on display at the association’s exhibit duringTuesday’s Art in the Alley in downtown Casa Grande.
And while she might reference her Haitian influence, her first artistic experiences go back to her childhood in Indianapolis. She painted her first picture at age 7, with help from her grandmother, who also painted.
“She was 78 and blind in one eye when she painted,” Sanders said.
Her aunt was another influence.
“My aunt used to have a magic closet and she used to pull things out and we’d make stuff,” Sanders said. She’d find empty milk cartons, oatmeal boxes and other items in her magic closet.
Nothing in her aunt’s magic closet went to waste, including the name, as it happens. Sanders named her planned website Ms. J’s Magic Closet. (She signs her paintings JJ.)
Sanders’ career path into art was not a straight line. She moved to Denver and, in 1975, became the city’s first female paramedic. It was there she learned a trade — picture framing. She would later take her skill as a framer to Antigua.
That came about after some police officers — who work hand-in-hand with paramedics — said they were going scuba diving in the Caribbean. She joined the dive trip.
It was 1989. She went with an open mind and fell in love with the culture.

She ended up moving to Antigua.
“When I burned out with the ambulance, I went to the Caribbean,” Sanders said.
She found work as a picture framer for Nick Maley, a movie-creature designer who worked on the original “Star Wars.” He owned three galleries on the island and made trips to Haiti to purchase art.
“I had to restretch the canvases, so I sat there with all that Haitian art,” she said.
She also became acquainted with the artists of Antigua and their work. Their influence stirred her own creativity, and soon the framer became the painter.
All in all, she spent eight years soaking up the sun and culture of Antigua, returning to her hometown of Indianapolis in 1997.
She made her way to Casa Grande in 2008, initially just planning to visit a friend from Antigua. Aziza McMillan, another artist, had moved here earlier. Sanders, however, didn’t just visit. She made Casa Grande her home and became part of the active art scene.
At Gallery 203, she showed me her work. The Haitian-influenced paintings reflect her detail for framing. The frames are part of the picture, painted with bright colors and hearts. Another painting shows an ocean meeting the shore. The landscape is highly textured and rough.
Her recycled pieces include one made with five belt buckles. They came from her grandmother’s button boxes, which Sanders kept all these years. Other pieces are fashioned around bicycle wheels, found in a desert area southwest of Maricopa.
“My bicycle wheels are all from Vekol Valley,” Sanders said. “There are tons of bicycles there. The illegals leave them.”

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Sanders’ work can be seen during Art in Alley from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at 407 N. Florence St., as well as at Gallery 203, 203 W. Second St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday.

http://www.trivalleycentral.com/casa_grande_dispatch/area_news/artist-brings-a-haitian-style-to-the-desert-southwest/article_8a8ae490-25f8-11e2-966f-001a4bcf887a.html

The role of tourism for the economic revival of Haiti

Haiti receives Open Letter on Travel and Tourism from UNWTO and WTTC

Nov 04, 2012
Haiti can capitalize on its natural and cultural resources to get the country back on the world tourism map, thereby contributing to its overall recovery and development. This was the main message of UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, during his first official visit to Haiti.
“The role of tourism as a vehicle for job creation, poverty reduction, economic growth and development is undeniable,” said the President of Haiti, Michel Joseph Martelly, on meeting Mr. Rifai and becoming the latest head of state to receive the UNWTO/World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Open Letter on Travel and Tourism.
The goal of the Haitian government was to ensure tourism contributed to the “economic revival and stabilityof Haiti, assured the President.
According to UNWTO figures, Haiti benefited from the growth of global tourism experienced last year. International tourist arrivals to Haiti resumed growth in 2011 after dropping by 34% in 2010 - a direct consequence of the earthquake.
“The strong rebound of international tourist arrivals following the earthquake demonstrates that tourism is perhaps our most viable option for the revitalization of Haiti’s economy,” said Mr. Rifai.
WTTC President and CEO, David Scowsill, said: “Haiti is still recovering from the devastating earthquake of 2010, but the government, led by President Martelly, has embarked on a path to return the country to growth. In doing so, he has rightly recognized the role that travel and tourism can play in bringing jobs, economic prosperity, and social opportunity to the island. This is a long-term process, but I am honored that both WTTC and its member companies are part of this process.”
As part of the support of the international community to Haiti, UNWTO will work with the Ministry of Tourism over the coming years to maximize tourism’s role in the country’s recovery. UNWTO experts will focus on a number of issues, including implementing a strategic tourism development plan, training programs, and a Tourism Satellite Account to better measure the impact of tourism.
The UNWTO Secretary-General also announced a joint campaign with Haiti and the Organization of American States to engage the local population in tourism. “The population needs to see the benefits of tourism and be part of the sector’s value chain,” said Mr. Rifai. “It is vital that they realize that tourism can be part of the solution, driving socio-economic development, while protecting and preserving Haiti’s unique cultural and natural heritage,” he concluded.
Source: unwto.org
http://www.eturbonews.com/32061/role-tourism-economic-revival-haiti

Sandy: Haiti appeals for international help after storm


The Haitian government has renewed calls for international emergency aid to help the country deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
There are fears of food shortages after the hurricane, which hit on 24 October, damaged many crops in southern Haiti.
Aid workers and officials are also on alert for an increase in cholera cases in the wake of widespread flooding.
More than 50 people were killed in Haiti, which is still struggling to recover from the 2010 earthquake.
Thousands of people are still living in makeshift shelters more than two years on from the devastating quake.
The office of Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe made the renewed appeal for help on Sunday.
There is concern that unsanitary conditions could led to an increase in cholera cases.
More than 7,500 people have died in the cholera epidemic in Haiti since late 2010. Hundreds of new cases are still being registered every week.

Cuba clean-up
Although Hurricane Sandy just clipped Haiti on its way northwards, its heavy rains and strong winds destroyed more than 70% of crops in the south of the country.
Food insecurity, particularly in this part of Haiti, was already a major concern.
In Cuba, where 11 people died and there was extensive damage to crops, a huge clean-up is continuing. Hundreds of electricians are working to restore power in the east of the country.
Cuban President Raul Castro, who has been visiting the region, has described the country's second city, Santiago, as looking like a bomb site.
Aid has arrived form Russia, Venezuela and Bolivia, with more due from Ecuador.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-20202840

Haiti Flails in Sandy's Wake



Richemond Gary, a 33-year-old mechanic in the farming
town of Marin-Foujy, on Saturday tossed a rock
at the site of his home, which was washed away
by the muddy torrent of Rivière Grise
during Hurricane Sandy
RIVIÈRE GRISE, Haiti—Three days of torrential downpours and strong winds brought by Hurricane Sandy destroyed much of Haiti's fragile agriculture and have put a million and a half Haitians at risk for hunger, the United Nations' humanitarian-aid coordination office said over the weekend.
Haiti, one of the world's poorest countries, last week declared a state of emergency to deal with the aftermath of the storm that hit on Oct. 24. It battered the country's south and dealt a major blow to Haiti's subsistence agriculture, destroying 70% of the country's crops. Floods and landslides killed at least 54 people and the toll is expected to rise, government officials said.
In neighboring Cuba, Sandy killed 11 people and savaged the country's coffee and sugar crops when it plowed through Santiago de Cuba, the country's second- largest city.
"One and one half million Haitians are now at serious risk of hunger," George Ngwa, spokesman for the U.N.'s humanitarian mission in Haiti, said in an interview. Even before the hurricane, it was a struggle for half of Haiti's roughly 10 million people to get enough food amid high prices and Haitians' meager incomes, he said.
Poor roads and communications have hindered damage assessments and relief efforts. Haitian government and international agencies say Sandy destroyed or damaged at least 21,000 houses, affected the livelihood of some 200,000 people, many of them subsistence farmers, and caused at least $104 million of damage.
The final toll is likely to be much higher once relief workers reach hard-hit areas cut off by flooded roads and rivers, relief organization officials say.
"We're beyond desperate," 42-year old Jean-Claude Pierre, a truck driver from the farming town of Marin-Foujy, said on Saturday, looking down at the flooded river bed of Rivière Grise, which runs through farmlands outside the capital of Port-au-Prince. "Where you see the muddy waters, there used to be dry land. Hundreds of homes were engulfed, many fields destroyed. Not one tree is left."
Further down the ravaged river bank, 83-year-old Oswald Jean-Baptiste sat in a rocking chair gazing at muddy water running through an area he said had been planted with plantains, beans, coconuts and mangos. "All my fields are gone, and so is the land," he said. "The river flows where there was land and food."
The hurricane damage is the latest in a series of hits to Haiti's agriculture this year. First, a drought in the north withered crops, and then tropical storm Isaac lashed the island in August. "Now Sandy has finished off most of the crops," Mr. Ngwa said. He estimates 90% of Haiti's crops have been destroyed by natural disasters this year.
The Haitian government is appealing to the international community for help, but donors and international aid agencies are stretched thin as they try to meet pledges for the country's reconstruction made after an earthquake leveled the capital of Port-au-Prince in 2010, killing some 300,000 people.
Potential food-price increases worry international and Haitian officials. Haiti imports most of its food, and prices have risen this year, recently fueling protests over the high cost of livingin the chronically unstable country, which had widespread food riots in 2008.
The government said last week it would compensate victims by sending about $25 to victims' cellphones, and provide an additional $2 million in aid to the West Department, where Rivière Grise is, to help some 95,000 families with their losses.
Residents said the help hadn't yet arrived. "We've not gotten one cent nor seen any official here," Mr. Jean-Baptiste said.
Government officials couldn't be reached for comment.
The government also said it would distribute food to the most at risk.Haitian television last week showed images of President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe delivering supplies to rain-soaked communities. But large areas of the south are still unreachable by land. U.N. helicopters are flying in supplies.
The flooding has raised fears of a resurgence in cholera cases. Since a major outbreak in October 2010, 600,000 people have contracted the disease that has killed more than 7,500 Haitians.
While cases rise during heavy downpours, the epidemic is declining, Mr. Ngwa said. "There was an increase of about 200 to 300 cases during Sandy, especially in the south, but overall it's slowing down," he said. He said there were 8,228 cases of cholera in October, up from 7,500 in September.
A version of this article appeared November 5, 2012, on page A11 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: Haiti Flails in Sandy's Wake.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204349404578099132692727720.html