The Haiti Briefing Archive

Celebrating 25 years of groundbreaking reporting

THE HAITI BRIEFING ARCHIVE – 25 YEARS OF GROUNDBREAKING REPORTING

Hurricane George - Coup de Grace (HB30)
Hurricane George - Coup de Grace (HB30)
6.82MB Rain brought by Hurricane George began to fall on the treeless mountainsides of Haiti on September 22. That night, the small town of Fonds Verrettes in the south-east was wiped off the face of the earth by a seven-foot wave of flood water, mud...

US Makes a Mockery of Justice (HB29)
US Makes a Mockery of Justice (HB29)
10.01MB In a July interview with the US magazine, Emerge, Emmanuel Constant, the leader of the FRAPH death squad that murdered hundreds of Haitians in 1993-1994, claims that his organisation is still operating in Haiti and that   ...

Reappraising Vodou (HB28)
Reappraising Vodou (HB28)
1.51MB Vodou, the religion of Haiti, is a major feature of Haitian history, society, culture and identity. ...
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Crack Appears in New Police Force (HB27)
Crack Appears in New Police Force (HB27)
2.43MB Drug alert deepens as rocks of crack cocaine are found on sale in Cité Soleil. ...

Morale-Boosting Soccer Triumph (HB26)
Morale-Boosting Soccer Triumph (HB26)
4.07MB While the political crisis deepened, with still no Prime Minister and half of the ministers of state also resigning, Haitians were thrilled by another sort of game. ...
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What a Foul-Up (Haiti Briefing 25)
What a Foul-Up (Haiti Briefing 25)
8.6MB In the April elections for nine Senators and 700 seats on new local assemblies only 5% of the registered electorate cast their votes. Commentators proffered various explanations for the pathetic turnout, ranging from the absence of a tradition...

Teachers and Pupils Strike (HB 24)
Teachers and Pupils Strike (HB 24)
10.48MB School students and teachers from the state education sector took their protests to the street in May. Almost everywhere throughout the country state schools were closed because of an unlimited strike called by teachers' unions. ...

Lavalas Splits, Violence Increases (HB23)
Lavalas Splits, Violence Increases (HB23)
9.04MB The 'gran manjè' - literally the big eaters - are the 'fat cats', the corrupt politicians, the government bureaucrats and other Haitians officials who are getting rich off the backs of the poor. The anti-gran manjè theme sponteneously erupted...

Protests Leave Lavalas Shaking (HB22)
Protests Leave Lavalas Shaking (HB22)
8.73MB Roadblocks, demonstrations and strikes - during the month of January generalised discontent was channelled into action in a wave of protests against the government's economic policy. Towards the end of last year there were strikes by shopkeepers,...

Wage Slavery (HB21)
Wage Slavery (HB21)
1.61MB Haitian workers in the capital’s assembly plants work in hot, airless, and dimly lit factories sewing gloves, underwear, sports clothes and other garments for the North American market. ...

Chickens Come Home to Roost (HB20)
Chickens Come Home to Roost (HB20)
8.39MB Following several weeks of shootings and bomb threats, former soldiers from the disbanded Haitian army are threatening more violence if their demands for back pay and release of imprisoned colleagues are not met. Under pressure from so-called...

Land Reform – the Number One Demand (HB19)
Land Reform – the Number One Demand (HB19)
10.86MB “Land is truly the Number One biggest demand of Haitian peasants who have fought and died for it, because only having land can assure a peasant’s survival.” ...

Piggy in the Middle (HB18)
Piggy in the Middle (HB18)
2.44MB “The first stage was when the police feared the people. The second stage that we are in now is the police starting to use repression against the people.” ...

Between the Peasants and the Donors (HB17)
Between the Peasants and the Donors (HB17)
778KB New President of Haiti, Rene Préval, unveils his strategy to try to repair Haiti’s shattered economy. ...

Farewell Aristide (HB16)
Farewell Aristide (HB16)
10.13MB So it's farewell to President Aristide who hands over to his successor, René Préval, on February 7th. As the living embodiment of the Haitian people's aspiration for the creation of a new society, Aristide has been a quite incredible phenomenon....

Pot Threatens to Boil Over (HB15)
Pot Threatens to Boil Over (HB15)
10.39MB The patience of many thousands of Haitians finally snapped following the November 7th assassination of the Lavalas MP, Jean Hubert Feuille. In Port-au-Prince and many other cities crowds took to the streets, building roadblocks, searching vehicles...

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back (HB14)
One Step Forward, Two Steps Back (HB14)
8.93MB Haiti's parliamentary and local elections on June 25 resulted in a commanding victory for the Lavalas platform (PPL) supported by President Aristide. Lavalas candidates were outright winners of 5 out of 18 seats in the Senate, and 16 out of 83...

In the Shadow of the Sweatshop (HB13)
In the Shadow of the Sweatshop (HB13)
8.93MB In the Shadow of the Sweatshop . Also featuring information on Harold Pinter Haiti Exhibition. Haiti is a country laid waste by decades of dictatorship, and years of economic sanctions. There is a desperate need for reconstruction and development,...

Haiti Photos & Art (HB12 Sup)
Haiti Photos & Art (HB12 Sup)
4.12MB As well as paintings and ironworks by Haitian artists the exhibition features photos of Haiti by twenty international photojournalists here previewed by the Guardian's Maggie O'Kane. ...
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A Democracy Made of Cardboard (HB12)
A Democracy Made of Cardboard (HB12)
16.42MB Nobody with an understanding of the Haitian political scene believed that the return of Aristide last October would mean that the struggle for democracy was over. The restoration of the legitimate president was a step forward but just a step....

Problems Not Solved by US Presence (HB 11)
Problems Not Solved by US Presence (HB 11)
6.88MB There has been so little news in the mainstream media you could be forgiven for thinking that, with the return of Aristide, all Haiti's problems are over. Unfortunately, this is not so. The US-dominated multinational force is failing to achieve...

Aristide Returns — Mission Accomplished? (HB10)
Aristide Returns — Mission Accomplished? (HB10)
228KB Three years ago, who would have betted on President Aristide returning to Haiti? Let alone with the support of the United States which for decades has helped to keep Duvalierism alive and kicking. But credit for the return of Aristide must...

Military Calls Clinton
Military Calls Clinton's Bluff (HB9)
9.19MB Will the invasion of Haiti happen? Does anyone know? Does Clinton know? As we go to press, sources in Washington say it will be mid-September at the earliest. The passing of the United Nations resolution authorising an invasion certainly increases...

Is the US Serious? Shutting Down the Dominican-Haiti Border (HB8)
Is the US Serious? Shutting Down the Dominican-Haiti Border (HB8)
8.13MB The United States has added teeth to the new United Nations sanctions imposed in May by announcing it will assist the Dominican Republic to seal the border it shares with Haiti, and by suspending commercial flights and banning money transfers....

Hundreds Slain in New Wave of Terror (HB7)
Hundreds Slain in New Wave of Terror (HB7)
6.6MB The body of a well-known Aristide supporter, Dady Pierre, murdered on 10 March in Cité Soleil was found with his skull sliced open by machete and his face cut off. Witnesses identified the attackers as a soldier, two atttachés who work closely...

Clampdown in Jérémie (HB6)
Clampdown in Jérémie (HB6)
7.35MB Last October, when the Haitian army refused to comply with the UN-brokered accord to restore democracy, the international community needed to act decisively. It has failed to do so and as a result the Haitian crisis has gone from bad to worse. The...

Mourning Democracy in Haiti (HB5)
Mourning Democracy in Haiti (HB5)
7.02MB Before the September 1991 coup d'état, 1,500 sacks of charcoal per month were shipped from Jérémie on the western tip of Haiti's southern peninsular. Now, over two years later, that figure has risen to over 4,500. This simple statistic points...

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UN's Plan for Haiti is On Again (HB4)
5.54MB Coup leaders say yes - or is it maybe? The United Nations plan to end the political deadlock in Haiti appeared to be back on course again after an eleventh hour volte-face by the coup leaders. The proposed plan, engineered over the preceding four...

Mayor of Port-au-Prince to Address London Haiti Conference (HB3)
Mayor of Port-au-Prince to Address London Haiti Conference (HB3)
5.39MB Mayor Evans Paul is a founder and leading spokesman for the Front for National Change and Democracy, Haiti's most popular political party. The FNCD's candidate in the 1990 presidential election was Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Mr Paul was elected...

Haiti: National Tragedy, International Scandal
Haiti: National Tragedy, International Scandal
6.4MB "The dogs eat the bodies very quickly" - Haitian peasant at Titanyen body dump "This is unique, horrifyingly unique. It's the only case where we are forcibly turning people back to the custody of a regime which we have branded a gross violator...

The Haiti Support Campaign (HB1)
The Haiti Support Campaign (HB1)
5.01MB Haiti is so close to the enormously rich United States of America - a plane ride from the capital, Port-au-Prince, takes a mere 90 minutes to complete the trip to Miami. Yet Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas. Its population is at the...
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