Haiti children 'taken from unaffected areas'

4 February, 2010

As the US missionaries in Haiti are charged with kidnapping, Channel 4 News meets parents from an unaffected village there who say missionaries offered to take their children.


Channel 4 News has visited Calebasse, a village around 90 minutes away from Port-au-Prince by car.

Haiti: From the front lines By Flavia Cherry

5 February, 2010

On Sun, Jan 31, 2010 at 10:59 PM, Flavia Cherry cafraslu@hotmail.com wrote:

It is good to see that some efforts are being made to reach women in desperate need, but those of us on the ground are yet to see this happen in many of the areas where there is desperate need for food and relief. AID agencies MUST find a more humane way to reach out to the women and children who are most vulnerable and desperate. I know that the need is great, there is no excuse for what is the reality on the ground here in Haiti as Caribbean citizens offered help and many have even been denied entry. It is obvious that the aid agencies, (well intentioned as they may be) are unable to handle the scale of the problem here in Haiti. So why are they not being inclusive and involving more Haitian and Caribbean institutions in the relief and recovery efforts? Something is very wrong about the picture here in Haiti because while international agencies are dropping the ball in an attempt to monopolize aid efforts, Haitians are dying. Apart from lines for women, there is an urgent need for volunteers to go into the camps to reach women, children, disabled and elderly people who are unable to move.

It is a disgrace for so much money to be circling around to all kinds of aid groups and every single day I see so many people hungry, desperate. This situation is simply not acceptable. There are women in camps who have not had anything to eat for days. There are many available Haitians who are willing to assist as volunteers to get the aid to those who need it and CARICOM was willing to send help, but something seems to be really wrong. Why are Caribbean Governments not allowed to play a more pivotal role, especially as there are many CARICOM citizens and regional security officers who speak creole and would be able to communicate better with the people of Haiti.

What I see on the ground is lots of big fancy air conditioned vehicles moving up and down with foreigners, creating more dust and pollution on the roads. Thousands of military officers everywhere, heavily armed like they are in some kind of battle zone. The girl guides and boy scouts of Haiti are also out in their uniforms, but unlike the army of troops, they are up and about, assisting in many ways. I saw a group of the boy scouts and girl guides directing traffic today, Sunday!

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Sign the Right2Link E-Petition

5 February, 2010 — Right2Link


Dear Supporter

Things are moving. Lord Lucas has tabled an amendment to the Digital Economy Bill that protects the right to link to publicly available information on the internet.

As our first public campaign move, we’ve started a 10 Downing Street e-petition that asks for linking to be protected now and in the future by making sure links are always kept separate from copyright material. If you are a UK citizen or resident, please sign the petition today to add your voice on this important issue.

The petition has only been live for a day, and more than 200 people have signed it. If there are 500 or more people who sign up to the petition, the Government has to give us a reply.

It takes literally a few seconds, and then you need to confirm your signature when the email comes through from Downing Street. The idea behind the petition is to protect the freedom to create, follow and share links. You can read the details on the petition page.

Please also pass on the petition link to your friends and colleagues by email, Twitter or any other means. Put up a link to the petition on your blog or website, and on your Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn pages.

Encourage friends, family and colleagues to sign up their support for Right2Link. That way we can keep you all informed of how things are going.

Don’t forget the badge for supporters that you can use on your blog and website. This will help to encourage more people to visit our website and sign the e-petition.

Haitians will defend their sovereignty Pt.4

5 February, 2010 — The Real News Network

Ronald Charles: Three critical things that must be done to solve the problems of Haiti’s future

Part One | Part 2 | Part Three


Ronald Charles is a Ph.D. student in Biblical Studies at the Department of Relgion, University of Toronto. He is a poet and a violinist. And he was lecturer at Christianville University College in Haiti, where he translated parts of the Bible into Haitian Creole.

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Haitians will defend their sovereignty Pt.3

4 February, 2010 — The Real News Network

Ronald Charles: Private armies continue to defend the interest of Haitian elite


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Ronald Charles is a Ph.D. student in Biblical Studies at the Department of Relgion, University of Toronto. He is a poet and a violinist. And he was lecturer at Christianville University College in Haiti, where he translated parts of the Bible into Haitian Creole.