NEWS FROM ANDEYO - July 2005

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NEWS FROM ANDEYO - July 2005

Post by Charles Arthur » Tue Aug 23, 2005 3:28 am


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.


Jakmel Film Festival - 15 July 2005, (Tequila Minsky, Heritagekonpa.com)
[read about this in Ann Pale's Music and Film section - Ed.]

Des armes et des munitions confisqués par la police dans le nord - 19 juillet 2005 (Televison Nationale d'Haiti)
La direction centrale de la police administrative (DCPA) et la mission des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation en Haiti (MINUSTAH), ont mené conjointement une opération hier dimanche à Quartier Morin, non loin de la ville du Cap-Haitien. Deux hommes, Oxygène Louis et Mac-Oril Chéry, on
t été arrêté en possession d'un arsenal de munitions pour armes de différents types et calibres, Kalachnikov, fusil M-14, T-65, pistolet Gluck, etc. Cette descente avait été précédée d'une première chez Rosemond Fabien, un ancien prêtre catholique et ex-directeur de l'administration pénitentiaire nationale (APENA) sous le régime lavalas. La perquisition n'avait rien révélé, car les boîtes de munitions, qui se trouvaient dans la maison, avaient été transférées à temps chez Oxygène Louis, dans la même localité.

New IDB Soft Loan for Farming 21 July 2005 (IDB)
A $27.1 million soft loan from the Inter-American Development Bank to Haiti will finance a project to help some 10,000 rural families intensify and diversify their farming practices in ways that increase their incomes, conserve soil and water resources and reduce the risks of floods and mudslides in a key watershed. The project will be carried out in the Ennery-Quinte watershed, in the foothills north of the ci
ty of Gonaives. This area was the point of origin of most of the devastating floods that killed thousands of people in September 2004 following Hurricane Jeanne.
The project, which will be carried out by the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development (MARNDR), will finance the transfer of agricultural technologies and watershed protection approaches proven to work in Haiti. It will also rehabilitate small-scale irrigation systems and strengthen producer and water-user organizations. "All experiences in Haiti point up both the potential and the need to protect the soil and water resources at the same time as efforts are made to increase rural families' incomes," said IDB project team leader John Horton. "Every component of this new project was designed following that central principle."
While rural families make up the majority of Haiti's population, and most still consider themselves farmers, less than half of their income comes from agriculture. Nevertheless, there are areas
such as the 450-square kilometer Ennery-Quinte watershed with potential to boost farming's contribution to household incomes and to the national economy more broadly, while improving the management of land and water resources. The Ennery-Quinte project will complement an agricultural intensification program in the contiguous Artibonite Valley. The program, known by the French acronym PIA, is backed by a $41.9-million IDB loan.

Le Réseau Binational Jeannot Succès pour la Défense et la Promotion des Droits Humains célèbre son cinquième anniversaire - 22 juillet 2005 (GARR)
Le Réseau binational Jeannot Succès pour la Défense et la promotion des droits humains (RBJS), organise sa 5ème Assemblée Générale, du 25 au 30 juillet 2005 à Belladère, ville frontalière haitienne du département du Centre. Plus de cent (100) participants-antes venant d'Haiti et de la République Dominicaine sont attendus pour la réalisation de cette activité."Cinq années de lutte en faveur du respe
ct des Droits Humains à la frontière, où en sommes nous, quel défi à relever?" est le thème retenu pour cette Assemblée.
Depuis sa création en juillet 2001, le Réseau Binational Jeannot Succès (RBJS) mène un travail de sensibilisation et d'observation à la frontière par le biais de ses 33 comités dont les membres sont issus d'organisations locales travaillant sur la problématique des droits humains. Le RBJS trouve l'appui d'une institution en Haiti, le GARR et de deux autres en République Dominicaine, le Service Jésuite aux Réfugiés et aux Migrants (SJRM) et la Pastorale Haitienne de Barahona.
Le Réseau porte le nom de Jeannot Succès, un migrant haitien tabassé à mort dans la caserne frontalière de Hondo Valle, en République Dominicaine, le 13 août 2000. Les informations collectées par le Réseau binational Jeannot Succès sont restituées sous forme de rapport et publiées par les institutions d'appui tant en Haiti qu'en République Dominicaine. Elles sont aussi utilisées pour le plaidoyer auprès
des autorités des deux pays. Moins de trois mois après le regrettable évènement de Hatillo Palma qui a entraîné des déportations et des agressions à la chaîne contre la communauté haitienne en République Dominicaine, les deux pays se trouvent à un carrefour de leurs relations où maints défis restent à relever.

Des journalistes de trios villes de province ont marche hier pour Jacques - 22 juillet 2005 (infohaiti.net)
A l'instar des journalistes de la capitale, les travailleurs de presse de Jacmel, Gonaives, St Marc ont organisé aussi des marches pacifiques à la mémoire du journaliste-poète Jacques Roche assassiné le 14 juillet dernier à Delmas 4. Ces journalistes des médias de province du pays qui sont pour la plupart des correspondants des médias de Port-au-Prince ont dénoncé cette vague de violence qui a déjà emporté sur son passage des confrères comme Jean Dominique ou Brignol Lindol sans parler des cas les plus anciens comme Richard Brisson ou Félix Lamy.

n A Jacmel, la marche a été précédée d'une messe célébrée par Mgr Guire Poulard à la mémoire de Jacques Roche. Le prélat dont l'aversion pour le régime honni lavalas et des chimères qui le soutenaient et le soutiennent encore aujourd'hui est connue a lancé un message plutôt fort à l'endroit des bandits qui ne respectent pas le droit à la vie consacré par le Christ et reconnu dans tous les manuels de droits humains à travers le monde. Mgr Poulard a appelé les autorités politiques, la justice et la police à assumer leurs responsabilités pour mettre ces brigands hors d'état de nuire. "Même dans les films, indique t-il, le destin des bandits est toujours scellé à l'avance".

World Food Programme Report - 25 July 2005 (WFP)
The passage of hurricanes Dennis and Emily caused non-negligible damage in the southern peninsula of Haiti. According to the latest update from the Haitian Department of Civil Protection, MINUSTAH and UNDP, some 30 persons have died, 23 persons
are still missing and some 1,500 houses have been destroyed or damaged. Agricultural fields in the coastal areas have been destroyed and livestock has been killed; however existing coping mechanisms supported by resources from local governments, NGOs and the international community will be able to cover the humanitarian needs without external assistance.

The border: Invasion or business opportunity? - 27 July 2005 (dr1.com)
The Haitian frontier is seen as the portal for a massive, illegal immigration and as one of the most important business opportunities available today. So says the Diario Libre today as it launches a series of reports about the frontier. Haiti is the second largest receptor of Dominican exports, after the US, and is a better customer, since it buys everything available without demanding minimum quality levels. In the town of Dajabon, on market days, some 30,000 to 70,000 Haitians cross the frontier to do business.
At 7:45 in the morning, on marke
t day, there are dozens of trucks and pickups loaded with different types of merchandise, all kinds of produce, building supplies, plastic goods and even scrap newspapers. On the other side of the border, men, women and children, as far as the eye can see, are preparing to cross the Massacre River.
According to Sonia Mateo, the governor of Dajabon province, businesses from Santiago, La Vega, Moca and Samana do more business in the town on market days in Dajabon than they do in rest of the Dominican Republic. The numbers are impressive: 15 trucks laden with tayota (chayote); 10 trucks with plantains; between 800,000 and one million eggs, and thousands of coconuts from Samana. In the city of Dajabon there are several ice factories selling exclusively to Haiti. Personal hygiene products produced in La Vega, sausages made in Santiago and cleaning products made in La Herradura, Santiago and sold during market days are the major sources of income for these businesses.

Extract from 'Haiti
- Country Report' - August 2005 (Economist Intelligence Unit)
In July, a grouping of national and international non-governmental organisations, the Plateforme Nationale de Sécurité Alimentaire (PFNSA, National Food Security Platform), published its first report on the food security situation in the country. The report highlighted the decline in national food production and the growing importance of food imports. Whereas Haiti was generally acknowledged to have been more or less self-sufficient in terms of foodstuffs only a few decades ago, the PFNSA report cited statistics indicating that between 1999 and 2003, annual national production on average met only 49% of food needs. Food imports accounted for 29% of the shortfall, international food aid for 7%, with 15% food needs remaining unmet. According to the report, foodstuffs account for around 25% of the country's total annual import bill. The UN WFP provides daily food aid for just over half a million of Haiti's population, estimated a
t 8.4 million, and in May 2005 extended its operations under a Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO) until May 2007. According to the UN WFP 2.4 million Haitians, over one-quarter of the population, are unable to afford the minimum daily recommended calorific intake of food.

Extracts from 'Can Haiti Hold Elections in 2005?' - 3 August 2005 (International Crisis Group)
Coordination between the OAS and MINUSTAH, on the one hand, and CEP on the other remains less than optimal. After many delays, voter registration, which was to have started on 1 April, got under way almost three weeks late. The project envisages 424 registration centres around the country to provide citizens with a national identity card that confirms their right to vote. There has been an important increase of these OAS-run centres, especially in the countryside, since the end of June, mainly due to help from MINUSTAH, including helicopters, planes and armed convoys. However, the shortage of e
lectoral centres in the rural areas continues to pose a serious problem for an inclusive registration process. As of 28 July, a total of 327 centres were operating, plus 24 mobile units which are used principally on weekends, but this is still nearly 100 shy of the full complement just ten days before registration is scheduled to end. In the northern city of Fort Liberté, the registration office was closed when local officials could not pay the rent, while in other northern cities, Port-de-Paix and Cap-Haitien, registration is said to be going smoothly. OAS officials report a sizeable number of Port-au-Prince's some 2.8 million residents are trying to register but there are not enough centres, including none at all in the Cite Soleil district. The rural population on the whole seems more eager to register, with citizens in the community of Maissade reportedly even offering an electrical generator to the centre.
By 28 July, some 870,000 had been registered to receive a card. That card is to be the chief f
orm of identification in an impoverished country where there are few other types of ID. Obtaining one, therefore, while a prerequisite for voting, does not necessarily mean an individual will go to the polls. (...)
A key factor not yet addressed in a concrete way by any of those organising the elections is the electorate's pervasive disillusionment and exhaustion. Travelling around the country, one finds little faith or interest in the process among the poor majority. There is a real danger that most citizens, understandably alienated from the political class, will put little faith in the outcome regardless of who wins. The feeling was summed up by a worker in Cap-Haitien: "You vote for a senator, you vote for a deputy, and they go to Port-au-Prince and get a big car and forget all about you".


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