Archive for Haiti

Violence Against Women and Girls Rises in Haiti

Posted in Awareness, Latin America with tags , , , , on October 5, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Natural disasters leave society’s most vulnerable at a higher risk of violence. Those without principles and those who have given up on decency victimize the young and the elderly. They prey on girls and women. Security is destroyed in homes without doors. Since the earthquake in Haiti, attacks on girls and women are raped, harassed, and beaten at a devastating rate. Haitians still living in tent camps outnumber the Haitian police, UNIFEM, and UN police that patrol them.

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Interview | Greg Carroll, CEO of American Jazz Museum – KansasCity.com

Posted in CULTURE, Latin America, Mother Africa, NEWS, Spotlight with tags , , , on June 28, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

“Greg Carroll is CEO of the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City. In collaboration with the Consulate of Mexico in Kansas City and the Mattie Rhodes Center, the museum is holding an exhibition of large-scale photographs and artifacts that reveals cultural connections between Africa and Latin America. “Atlantic Diaspora: The Musical and Social Influences of Africans in Mexico and the United States” runs through Sept. 30. Admission is free. This conversation took place at the grand opening of the exhibit.”- Excerpt from KansasCity.com

In the KansasCity.com interview, Greg Carroll said,

“. . . there are Africans all over the world. The descendants from slavery, coming from West Africa, did not only go to North America. The diaspora stopped everywhere the boats stopped: in Haiti, in Puerto Rico, in Mexico.”

Read more: KansasCity.com

Pan-Africanism; The United States of Africa

Posted in Awareness, CULTURE, Europe, Latin America, Mother Africa, North America, Oceania, South America with tags , , , , , , , on June 10, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Pan Africanism has been defined as many things such as a sociopolitical world view, a philosophy, and a movement. Pan Africanism seeks global African Unity for people of African heritage. The term Pan-Africanism was developed by Sylvester Williams of the United States. In the beginning it formed as solidarity amongst those where experiencing extreme racism and prejudice. It was a form of nationalism or a statement to reinforce pride. As a movement, campaigns have been to go “Back to Africa” and to economically and politically develop Africa.

The concept of Pan-Africanism was formed by W. E. B. Du Bois of the United States (and citizen of Liberia), known as the Father of Pan-Africanism, Marcus Garvey of Jamaica, and Kwame Nkrumah, of Ghana. Other early key leaders were Jomo Kenyatta, Robert Sobukwe, and Patrice Lumumba.

In 1919, the first Pan-African Congress was formed by W. E. B. Du Bois. Fifteen countries were represented by 57 delegates. Its main goal was to represent native Africans who did not rule their homeland. Its ultimate goal was to see all of Africa having home rule.

Haitian Women’s Rights Activist Testify Before UN

Posted in Awareness, Humanity, Latin America, NEWS with tags , , , , on June 8, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Haitian Women’s Rights Activist Leaves Camp for Displaced People to Testify Before the UN Human Rights Council

Today, June 8, the United Nations Human Rights Council gather in Geneva to hear testimony from Malya Villard-Appolon, a Haitian women’s rights activist  who has lived in the camps for displaced people since the earthquake destroyed her home in January. Ms. Appolon, a leader of KOFAVIV, a Haitian grassroots women’s organization, has witnessed the rapes in the camps and the lack of a coordinated or effective response to these persistent threats. Ms. Appolon said,

“We want to tell the Human Rights Council that the systems for protecting women in the camps are broken. We get no protection from the police, or the peacekeepers. We feel we do not have access to the rooms where decisions about our safety are made. We need the support and commitment of the international community.”

Lawyers from MADRE, the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), and the law firm of Morrison & Foerster LLP, who recently returned from a delegation to Haiti and will be accompanying Ms. Appolon.

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African Diaspora – Exodus; Movement of the People

Posted in Awareness, Europe, HISTORY, Latin America, Mother Africa, North America, Oceania, South America with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 5, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Throughout history African people have been forced to leave their homes to go to foreign lands. As a result of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, imperial exploitation, and civil war, Africans have been shipped or driven into the Americas, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Europe and other African countries.

Due to Diaspora, more people of African descent live in Brazil, South America, than in any country on the African continent (with the exception of Nigeria). Forced migration of people of African descent has made up an estimated 14% of the world’s population.

Country – African Descent Population

Brazil – 85,783,143

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United States – 38,499,304

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Colombia – 9,452,872

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Haiti – 8,701,439

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Dominican Republic – 7,985,991

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Italy –3,090,000

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France – 3,000,000

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Jamaica – 2,731,419

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Venezuela – 2,641, 481

-6,999,926

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United Kingdom – 2,080,000

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Cuba – 1,126,894

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Peru – 875,427

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Canada – 783,795

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Ecuador – 680,000

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Trinidad and Tobago – 610,000

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Nicaragua – 520,786

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Safeguarding Dignity of Haiti Earthquake Victims

Posted in Humanity, Latin America, NEWS with tags , , , on June 4, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Humanitarians are turning to standards set by the Sphere Project to safeguard the dignity of Haiti’s earthquake victims. The Sphere Project is a handbook created from the collaboration of hundreds on Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), UN agencies, and academics.

Currently a team of quality and accountability experts are in Haiti to monitor the adherence to the Sphere standards by all agencies that provides water, food, shelter, and sanitation facilities.

Nicholas Brooks, NGO coordinator of Oxfam-Great Britain said,

“The overall success of the humanitarian community in ensuring attainment of Sphere should never be judged simply by reference to [generic] quantitative indicators. For example, we measure our WASH [water, sanitation, hygiene] achievements not only through records of liters of water supplied to camps and number of latrines, but also through water use surveys and sanitation monitoring, which  homes to access alternative water supplies and more familiar toilet facilities.”

A maximum of 20 people use each toilet and plans of gradually improving are underway.

UN Investigates Haitian Prison Killings

Posted in Humanity, Latin America, NEWS with tags , , on May 24, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

“Help we’re going to die”, screamed Haitian prisoners after the earthquake in January, 2010. Their screams were met with demands to lie down and then gunfire.

The prison in Les Cayes, Haiti is being investigated by the United Nations for the deaths that occurred at the hands of prison guards a week following the earthquake. UN spokesman, David Wimhurst said,

“As far as we’re concerned there was a major human rights violation in that prison.”

Prison officials blamed deaths on riot ringleaders who escaped. Interviews with released prisoners all say that unarmed prisoners were lying down as ordered when shot.

Most of the prisoners had been locked up for months, and for some years, without having been convicted of a crime. Out of the 467 prisoners, 336 were said to be detainees. Charges ranged from loitering to armed robbery.