Haiti’s Whodunnit Raises Serious Historical Questions

July 12, 2021

Not since the former slave Toussaint L’Ouverture successfully revolted against the island’s colonial masters has Haiti’s politics inspired anyone’s admiration. Toussaint’s quixotic adventure predictably ended badly for himself and perhaps even worse for his nation, whose political...

Tackling Sex Abuse in the Aid Sector

August 23, 2018

A new report on the scale and extent of sexual abuse and exploitation in the aid sector should come as no surprise, says Jacqui Hunt of Equality Now. A report published in July by the UK House of Commons International Development Committee (IDC) has condemned the “complacency, verging on...

Who Makes a Profit from Charity?

June 12, 2018

In the aftermath of the earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010, a money game was played by all involved in the relief effort. I had begun my effort for duty free imports a week before with my first elucidation on the correlation of “dignity,” for adolescent boys who had so recently seen...

After Hurricane, Haitian Women Ready to Lead

November 02, 2016

Hurricane Matthew has devastated Haiti, but women are at the forefront of the recovery. The devastation in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew is extreme. According to the most recent estimates, the hurricane left more than 1,000 people dead and 2.1 million affected. Around 90% of some areas of...

How One Couple Brought Health Care to Haiti

October 14, 2016

Amidst a doctors’ strike and a hurricane in Haiti, a story of one couple’s determination to bring health care to the island. In May 2016, when I heard the news of the doctors’ strike taking place in Haiti, my heart sank. Doctors, nurses and medical residents had been on strike since March...

Refugees and Borders

June 18, 2013

Refugees are created by untenable circumstances within boundaries formed by the West. Late last fall, I was sitting outside in our farm yard in Vermont, just south of the Canadian border. My wife and I were remarking on the influx of the Common Red Poll, a bird not often seen in such numbers where...