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Dossier October 2014

Aristide, a leading voice for Haiti’s poor majority

Then Jean-Bertrand Aristide came on the national stage. An educated former priest who was born into poverty, managed to inspire the people to participate in building a new democracy in Haiti. As a priest, Aristide began to recruit youths to attend church, so he organized weekly youth masses. In 1986, he founded an orphanage for…

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Haiti. The difficult reconstruction

Located in the gorgeous Caribbean basin, within the archipelago of the Antilles, the Republic of Haiti consists of two peninsulas that cover an area of 27,750 square kilometers. The country comprises the western third of the island of Hispaniola, west of the Dominican Republic. Its territory, mostly mountainous, including two major mountain ranges interspersed by…

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Military occupation

In July 1915, the US intervened in Haiti. Civil unrest surrounding the assassination of President Vilbrun Guillaume Sam provided a pretext for intervention. U.S. marines were dispatched to Haiti, ostensibly to protect U.S. financial interests and citizens. Rather than withdrawing after a show of ‘gunboat diplomacy’, as had previously been the case, the U.S. military…

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The magnitude 7.0 earthquake

Still today, Haiti is struggling, the already miserable conditions of the country became tragic after the devastation caused by the 12 January 2010 earthquake. The magnitude 7.0 earthquake, with an epicenter located approximately 25 km south and west of the capital city Port-au-Prince, left approximately 200,000 dead and 2.3 million homeless forced into ramshackle tent…

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Advocacy

Feeding people during the Covid-19 emergency.

With the declaration of the health emergency in Ecuador, all activities and services taking care of poor people were suspended. The experience of Caritas’ dining…

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Baobab

The Herons and the Tortoise.

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful lake, near a big mountain. There lived many animals in the water and on the banks of the…

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Youth & Mission

Young People lead the protest against racism, discrimination and social…

More and more young people are joining protests around the world and are playing an increasingly important role to protest against racism, discrimination and social inequality. Is…

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