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Garry Pierre-Pierre, editor-publisher of The Haitian Times and host of the show Independent Sources on CUNY TV, discusses the recovery effort in Haiti six months after the earthquake.
@ bernie from brooklyn, as shocking as this is, rapes actually were a sanctioned form of intimidation permitted by the haitian army in the aftermath of the 1991 coup d'etat. Please read this article published by the UN Refugee Agency: http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/country,,HRW,COUNTRYREP,HTI,,3ae6a7e18,0.html.
world history also has seen rape used as a state-sanctioned tactic of intimidation and coercion (recent examples include bosnia, burma, and sundan).
now as i said on the call, i am not one who believes that the haitian government is currently sanctioning rape in the camps. however (1) the women who believe this HAVE a basis in recent historical memory for believing this; and (2) as i mentioned, this only serves to further compromise the government's ability to move forward because as mistrust of the government increases, so does resistance and mistrust of its efforts.
When this happened I was called a racist, because I predicted that this will never be resolved. I predict that this will go on for years.
The problem is cultural, change the culture so that people care about each other. Rape is a crime of opportunity, this is also a cultural issue. We men all have mothers and sisters, that is a shame.
why would the government of haiti organize mass rapes in the camps?ridiculous! always blame everyone else for bad behavior besides the animals committing these crimes against their fellow man/woman.
I am an immigration attorney active in helping Haitians with TPS.Thanks for mentioning the July 20 deadline.In terms of deciding whether to apply for TPS or remain underground, the key is what has happened with past grants of TPS. While TPS initially lasts up to 18 months, July 2011 FOR THE FIRST ROUND, it will likely continue many, many years, based upon the grant of TPS to other countries. It will hinge upon how long it will take to rebuild Haiti, which should be many years. In the meantime, we may have an immigration amnesty. Thus, I advocate Haitians to take advantage of TPS.Merrill Clarkwww.haiti-tps.com
i read that 98% of the rubble from the earthquake is still laying where it fell. so that means that all those billions of dollars we all collectively sent have all gone to pure humanitarian needs? isn't everyone still living in tents w/ barely anything to eat each day? so where do you think all that money went? why is the press not all over this fact?like everything else lately, those in positions of power and trust in our lives need to constantly watched and analyzed and regulated because sadly, most people are greedy and self-serving.
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