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Aid groups warn of more 'unnecessary deaths' in Haiti as cholera outbreak threatens

Haitians with symptoms of cholera are treated in a hospital in Jérémie, southwest Haiti on Oct 13, 2016 on Thursday (Orlando Bar

By Nika Knight, staff writer, Common Dreams, Oct 14, 2016

As death toll from Hurricane Matthew reaches 1,000 with almost 800 people missing, aid agencies warn that Haiti may be struck by fresh cholera outbreak.

Cholera is rapidly spreading in Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Matthew and the country will be struck by another outbreak of the devastating disease if a massive effort isn't launched to prevent it, aid agencies warn.

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October 13, 2016

Dear reader,

In three days of horror, Hurricane Matthew ripped through Haiti, causing damage that President Jocelerme Privert could only describe as "apocalyptic."

More than 1 million people are stranded in the devastated southwest peninsula, cut off from food, clean water, and medical care.

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Risk that another round of disaster aid to Haiti will reinforce U.S. domination

Jérémie, Haiti following the passing of Hurricane Matthew on Oct 4, 2016 (photo by UN agency)

By Kim Ives, Haiti Liberté, October 11, 2016

The damage created by Hurricane Matthew as it passed over Haiti on October 4 approaches the scale of the earthquake disaster in 2010, according to reports by observers.

The images and accounts of Haiti’s devastation following Hurricane Matthew’s passage on October 4 are gut-wrenching. The death toll is in the many hundreds and continues to rise. Entire villages in the country's southwest were obliterated. The response of a Haitian government left besieged and without resources by decades of foreign plunder of the country is anemic. The victims’ anguished appeals for help are heart-rending. The United Nations now says there are 1.4 million people in need of assistance, urgent and immediate for half of them. Distressed onlookers around the world want to do something, anything, and fast.

But the greatest danger in the hurricane's aftermath may not come from the destruction of crops and infrastructure, the inevitable spike in cholera cases, or the sudden homelessness of tens of thousands. It may come from the aircraft carriers, foreign troops, food shipments, and hordes of NGO workers which are now descending on Haiti ostensibly to help the storm’s victims.

CCTV interviews Haiti Liberté's Kim Ives about the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

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By Elaine Reyes & Kim Ives, CCTV, Oct 11, 2016

For more on Hurricane Matthew aftermath, CCTV America’s Elaine Reyes spoke to Kim Ives, an editor at the "Haiti Liberte" which is the largest Haitian weekly newspaper, distributed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Haiti.

Al Jazeera interviews Brian Concannon from the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti about Hurricane Matthew and the disaster response


By Al Jazeera, Oct. 9, 2016

Al Jazeera interviews Brian Concannon from the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH). The interview is available on the Canada Haiti Action Network's Facebook page

 - CHAN Editors

United Nations issues emergency aid appeal for Haiti after Hurricane Matthew slams country

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Extensive news stories compiled by CHAN editors, Oct. 11, 2016

Introduction by Roger Annis

Haiti has been greatly weakened and impoverished by years and decades of big-power intervention, preventing the country from exercising its political sovereignty and implementing social justice policies to guide its human development. On October 4, 2016, the country received another devastating blow when Hurricane Matthew passed over the western end of the Caribbean island. According to the United Nations, 1.4 million people are in need of emergency aid in the affected area.

After Hurricane Matthew, cholera is once again threatening storm-ravaged Haiti

Nolan Hyppolite, 24, seeks help at a cholera clinic at Port Salut HCR Hospital in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016..jpg

By Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, Oct. 9, 2016

Before Hurricane Matthew’s apocalyptic plow through this one-time tourist haven on Haiti’s southwest coast, Port-Salut’s small hospital hadn’t seen a cholera case in three months.

On Sunday, as Haiti faced the double threat of starvation and cholera — the deadly water-borne disease that since 2010 has sickened more than 700,000 and killed over 9,000 — Port-Salut HCR Hospital was once again starting to see cholera cases.

By Sunday, the hospital, which has only five cholera beds, had registered one death at 3 a.m. and had six cholera cases. In the Grand’ Anse, where the storm turned a once-green ecological reserve into a desert of dead trees, doctors were also seeing cases.

“I can’t say how many, but there are a lot,” said Dr. Sophia Cherestal, with Doctors Without Borders.