NEWS FROM ANDEYO - June 2005

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NEWS FROM ANDEYO - June 2005

Post by Charles Arthur » Fri Jul 01, 2005 7:47 am

NEWS FROM ANDEYO - June 2005

As a contribution to the easing of the vice-like grip exercised by the 'Republic of Port-au-Prince', the Haiti Support Group is providing a monthly news round-up from the rest of the country where three-quarters of the population live.

USAID Field Report - 1 June (USAID)
The Artibonite saw three new projects that will increase the economic potential of the region. In Gonaives, the Haiti Transition Initiative (HTI) will work with the municipality to clean salt basins near the troubled Raboto neighborhood. These once-profitable salt pits provided income to many residents, but they were rendered unusable after a flood in September 2004. This project will not only provide short-term employment during the clean-up efforts, it will create long-term job opportunities crucial to the
economic recovery of the area.

In St. Marc, HTI will be providing critical assistance to the national electrical utility (EDH) to repair a major hydroelectric plant. HTI support has enabled EDH to leverage funds that will cover 75 percent of the total project cost. Also in St. Marc, the Ministry of Public Works is working with HTI to repair a bridge that is essential to the movement of goods and people to the northern part of the country. This repair comes at an important time, as hurricane season approaches and the potential for flooding increases.

Drought, Poverty, Hunger - and Little Foreign Aid – 7 June (IPS)
The south of Haiti is suffering a drought so severe that the planting season has been postponed. Yet no international financial assistance has come through to confront the crisis, reported Cécile Banatte, the local official designated by the interim government of Haiti to govern the largely agricultural southern province.

The situation is even
more drastic in view of the fact that the sprawling southwest portion of the country - where the Uruguayan contingent of the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) is based - produces the bulk of the limited food supplies for the nation's estimated 8.5 million inhabitants (no exact figures are available).

The effects of the shortage of water and the delayed start of the rainy season, which usually brings torrential downpours from late April through June, were clearly apparent from the plane that took a group of Uruguayan journalists from Les Cayes to Jérémie.

Death of anti-Aristide leader – 8 June (AP)
Butteur Métayer, a gang leader who led the Gonaives uprising that led to the ouster of President Aristide in February 2004 died on Wednesday of kidney failure. Métayer, 34, died at his home in the northwestern city of Gonaives surrounded by family, said Winter Etienne, a former member of Métayer's Cannibal Army gang, and now a leader of the Nati
onal Reconstruction Front party.

Guerrillas Strike in Borgne – 15 June (Haiti Progrès)
The following is the English translation of a Jun. 6 communiqué sent to the press by the High Command of the Dessalinien Army of National Liberation.

On June 2 at 1 a.m., the Northern Front of the Dessalinien Army of National Liberation (ADLN) occupied the northern town of Borgne just as it did the northern town of Plaisance in February. Four policemen stationed in the town's police station surrendered when so ordered by the commander of the ADLN's assault team. They realized the town and the police station were truly captured. Those policemen were not mistreated in any way even though they were afraid for their lives. They even offered the ADLN guerrillas the money and jewelry they had, but we did not accept those things. We confiscated one pair of military boots, two .38 caliber pistols, one 9mm pistol, two homemade pistols, a 12-gauge shotgun and a bullet-proof vest. Those w
eapons will now serve to defend the dignity of the Haitian people.

The ADLN's High Command takes this opportunity once again to tell all the Haitian police to give up whenever they come under an ADLN attack just as the policemen in Borgne did with discipline. It is in their interest to desert all the police stations in the country. They will return to serve as police when national sovereignty is re-established.

Une nouvelle ligne aérienne à Jacmel - 27 juin (Bonzouti)
Caraibe inter annonce son vol inaugural entre Jacmel et Port-au-Prince pour le 1er juillet prochain. Le président de la compagnie souhaite ainsi faciliter l'arrivée de touristes à Jacmel. Il annonce que Caraibe inter va se rapprocher des compagnies qui exploitent déjà le circuit pour aider au développement du tourisme et construire des structures d'accueil de passagers sur l'aérodrome.

Plusieurs scenes de violence enregistrees ce week-end en province – 28 juin (Info-Haiti.net
)
Des incidents les uns plus violents que les autres ont été enrégistrés le week-end écoulé dans plusieurs villes de province du pays, selon des correspondants de presse locaux. Le drame le plus révoltant s'est produit dans la 4eme ville du pays (Gonaives) où des individus lourdement armés se sont introduits chez un couple de la ville et ont assassiné de sang froid le mari et la femme après avoir violé une fille des victimes. La police locale qui n'a pu relever aucun indice pouvant conduire à l'arrestation des coupables promet de diligenter une enquête pour faire le jour le plus rapidement possible sur cet odieux drame.

Parallèlement, dans le Nord-Est du pays, un policier de la 16e promotion, Emmanuel Joseph a été tué de 4 balles alors qu'il rendait visite à sa famille. Le policier qui a rendu l'âme sur place était cantonné à Fort-Liberté.

La réhabilition du Parc Saint-Victor du Cap-Haitien, une réalité – 30 juin (HaitiPressNetwork)
Le 25
juin dernier, le gouvernement haitien, avec le soutien de Taiwan, a lancé les travaux de réparation du Parc Saint-Victor du Cap-Haitien. Plusieurs personnes ont participé à cette cérémonie tenue en présence de l'ambassadeur taiwanais en Haiti.

Ce projet rentre dans le cadre d'un programme visant à réhabiliter trois stades provinciaux, au Cap-Haitien, aux Gonaives et à Saint-Marc, ainsi qu'à la mise en place du système d'éclairage du stade Sylvio Cator. Ces différents travaux seront financés par la République de Chine (Taiwan) à hauteur de US $ 2.600.000.

La réhabilitation du Parc Saint-Victor se fera en plusieurs étapes, comme l'a indiqué l'ambassadeur taiwanais en Haiti, Yang Cheng Tah. Il s'agira de pourvoir le principal temple sportif de la deuxième ville du pays d'infrastructures sportives, aménager les vestiaires, installer du gazon naturel pour remplacer la surface de jeu qui est rocailleuse, aménager des gradins.

Le secrétaire d'état à la jeunesse au sport et à l'éducation civiqu
e, Dr Paul Berne, a exprimé son contentement devant le début de la concrétisation du rêve de la réhabilitation du Parc Saint-Victor. Selon l'inauguration de ces travaux témoigne de la volonté du gouvernement de passer de la parole aux actes et de faire évoluer le sport en Haiti.

Des femmes quotidiennement violées – 30 juin (AlterPresse)
Ouanaminthe, ville frontalière située au Nord'Est d'Haiti vit depuis quelques mois une situation pénible et alarmante. Des bandits rançonnent chaque jour les commerçants qui effectuent par bus le trajet Cap-Haitien - Ouanaminthe. Les criminels se postent à Morne Casse, un tronçon un peu isolé, en pleine campagne, un peu loin de toute habitation et veillent le passage des bus de marchandises et de passagers.

Arme au poing, ils arrêtent les véhicules, forcent les occupants à s'étendre par terre et les délestent de tout ce qu'ils portent : argent, bijoux, objets de valeur, etc. Ils ne se contentent pas d'emporter ce butin. Ils s
'en prennent aussi physiquement aux gens, passant à tabac tous ceux qui tentent de leur résister.

Les femmes sont particulièrement victimes des humiliations les plus dégradantes. Les criminels armés les obligent à quitter tous leurs vêtements. Nues, après avoir été fouillées sans douceur, elles sont traînées par terre et brutalement violées par plusieurs voyous. Ces scènes horribles se répètent presque chaque jour sur la route.

Cette situation ne peut durer. La population de Ouanaminthe constate un déni, de la part des autorités gouvernementales et policières, de son droit à la sécurité.

Ouanaminthe, ville frontalière de 70 000 habitants, haut lieu des trafics les plus inavouables : contrebande, drogue, armes, vols de véhicules, etc., n'a que 14 policiers pour assurer sa sécurité. Ces policiers ne disposent même pas de véhicule motorisé pour se déplacer. Et le manque de coordination entre la Police et la MINUSTHA qui dispose des plus grands moyens constitue une entrave à toute action sé
rieuse pour contrecarrer les actions criminelles des bandits.

Côtes-de-Fer Floods and Landslides – 30 June (International Red Cross)
Between 7 and 15 June 2005, torrential rain beat down on the commune of Côtes-de-Fer in the South-East Department, resulting in both the swelling of the river and serious flooding in the commune. During the last day of the rains, a tremor was felt during some five seconds at 2 o'clock in the morning, the cause of which remains unclear (source: members of the community including the Mayor of Côtes-de-Fer and volunteers from the local branch of the Haitian National Red Cross Society). According to those responsible for the national system for the management of risks and disasters, floods are also threatening the Departments of the South and Grand'Anse, and potentially the entire country.

It has been difficult to assess the amount of rainfall as a result of the lack of appropriate equipment. In addition, information regarding the epice
ntre of the quake, its magnitude and the area affected is not available given a lack of recording devices for such events.

The worst-hit zone is the village of Marie Géralde Roberte, built for impoverished families at the foot of a hill made up of large stones. With around 50 houses, the village has some 300 inhabitants who live with the constant threat of natural disasters. With regard to health, the situation is critical; the commune has only one health centre with no beds or medical equipment. As a result of the lack of a potable water supply, the inhabitants drink river, with the risk of numerous illnesses (only 15 per cent of the houses in the commune have latrines) and cases of diarrhoea have already been identified.

The disaster in Côtes-de-Fer has seriously damaged three houses, leaving 13 families without shelter; a large rock came loose from the hill and fell on one of the houses. Two people were seriously injured and three others have suffered fractures. Plantations and cattle were s
wept away by the rains.

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