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Jean Bertrand Aristide, Haiti’s former president, is poised to return to his country next month after seven years in exile in South Africa. His supporters have rallied to encourage his return. FSRN’s Ansel Herz has more.
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Deposed Haitian President Bertrand Aristide says he is ready to return to the country, and wants to serve his people as a quote “simple citizen in the field of education.” In a statement circulated online, Aristide also said he seeks to return for medical reasons, following multiple eye surgeries in South Africa. This follows exiled dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier’s surprise reappearance in Haiti last Sunday. Prosecutors questioned, then charged him with corruption and embezzlement, but he remains free.
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One year ago today, Haiti was devastated by a 7 point magnitude earthquake, leading to what some call the worst urban disaster since World War II. Wyclef Jean and the United Nations called for a moment of silence today, at 4:53 p-m eastern, the time the quake hit.
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Almost one year after the devastating earthquake in Haiti – just a scant percentage of the rubble has been cleared, and bodies are still buried within. Some 3700 people have died from cholera, more than 2 million children remain at risk for the disease. More then one million people are still homeless, most living in dangerous and difficult conditions. Elizabeth Byrs is with the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. She says that a funding shortfall of 420 million dollars has seriously limited the UN's ability to provide necessary aid.
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Today, the UN official in charge of displaced persons called the situation in Haiti a “profound humanitarian crisis.” In a statement, Walter Kaelin said that around 1.3 million people still live in spontaneous camps. He urged the Haitian government to stop forced evictions from private land and warned about violence against women and children in the camps. One of those sites is Sentra Camp in Grand Goave, where 1,220 people live in 300 tents.
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Haiti is preparing for presidential, parliamentary and local elections on November 28th, but there's growing concern about whether the electoral process will be free and fair. At least 14 parties including Haiti's largest, Fanmi Lavalas, are barred from participating. Leaders of at least five of the excluded parties are calling for non-participation in the vote. So are many homeless earthquake survivors who say they won’t vote until living conditions improve.
Judith Scherr has the story.
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Following the January 12 earthquake in Haiti, stories and images of the devastation filled the media. People around the world responded with donations and sympathy. Recovery efforts began quickly, but as FSRN has reported, official efforts continue to fall short of meeting the basic needs of hundreds of thousands of Haitians.
"My job has been to document and to report what's going on here," says FSRN reporter Dolores M. Bernal in this Reporter's Notebook. "It hasn't always been easy. It's been challenging to not be able to do more."