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Radio Panic FM journalist found dead in Haiti following threats



Miami, October 11, 2019—Haitian authorities should conduct a swift and comprehensive investigation into the killing of radio journalist Néhémie Joseph and ensure those responsible are brought to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Joseph, a reporter for the privately owned stations Radio Panic FM and Radio Méga, was found dead in his car last night, in the Bayas area of the city of Mirebalais, according to The Associated Press and local media. The journalist had been shot several times in the head, according to reports.

Joseph had discussed receiving death threats with his relatives and in Facebook and WhatsApp groups, according to local media and a statement by the Association of Haitian Journalists. In a Facebook post last month, Joseph named two politicians whom he said had accused him of inciting protests and whom he said threatened to kill him because of his reporting, according to reports.

The radio journalist had recently been covering protests calling for the resignation of President Jovenel Moïse. He had criticized the current crisis in Haiti and posted comments on social media against the government, local media reported.

“Officials should be taking swift action to ensure journalists’ safety and to investigate threats like those against Néhémie Joseph. What should have been an investigation into threats is now an investigation into murder,” said CPJ South and Central America Program Coordinator Natalie Southwick in New York. “How many more Haitian journalists must be shot before authorities recognize the grave threat to press freedom?”

CPJ obtained a screen shot of Joseph’s Facebook post about the threats from a person who asked to remain anonymous for security reasons. In the post, Joseph named two politicians, one of whom currently holds public office, and said, “I heard there’s a plot to kill me, they gave my name to their people and they’ll try to kill me.”

The judicial police told CPJ an investigation had been started but they could not provide further details. The national police told CPJ they were unable to provide any details.

Violence against the press has escalated in Haiti, amid anti-government protests and calls for Moïse’s resignation, according to news reports. Chery Dieu-Nalio, an AP photographer, was hit in the face with a bullet fragment on September 23, when Senator Jean Marie Ralph Féthière fired a pistol into a crowd of demonstrators near the Senate building in Port-au-Prince, CPJ reported at the time.

Also this year in Haiti, one journalist was shot while covering anti-government demonstrations, two journalists survived shooting attempts, and Pétion Rospide, from Radio Sans Fin, was shot and killed. CPJ is investigating whether Rospide’s death was related to his journalism.

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IOM launches $10m funding appeal for Hurricane Dorian relief – EyeWitness News




Appeal underscores “widespread” fear among people of Haitian descent

NASSAU, BAHAMAS- The International Organization for Migration has launched a $10 million funding appeal for Hurricane Dorian relief operations in The Bahamas.

The appeal has allocated $2.5 million for camp coordination and management, $2.4 million for shelter support and non-food items and $1 million for early recovery efforts, with the remaining funding to go to information management, protection, and public works like large-scale debris removal.

It claims vulnerable Haitian migrants, as well as documented migrants and Bahamians of Haitian descent, fear arrest and deportation after losing documents in the storm.

The appeal furthered those migrants were living in “very precarious conditions” even before the deadly Category 5 hurricane splintered shantytown communities.

The IOM’s camp coordination and management covers efforts to assist government plans to establish a site for 2,000 people in Spring City, Abaco.

IOM’s shelter allocation will assist families – who can return to their homes with small-scale repairs through the provision of cash and/or labor, technical advice and tool-kits.

It underscored the government’s Prohibition to Build Order in shantytown communities has left populations without land to rebuild; and outlined plans to conduct a rapid assessment of Bahamian land and property.

The IOM’s funding requirement covers operations from September 2019 until April 2020. The agency is reportedly working to establish an office in Nassau (New Providence), Marsh Harbour (Abaco), and Freeport
(Grand Bahamas).

Early recovery efforts include plans to coordinate temporary employment or voluntary work of displaced populations affected by Hurricane Dorian. It cited “immediate needs to increase household income and enhance coping capacity and resilience, while strengthening social cohesion”.

The report added host communities in areas of displacement would be considered where possible, adding the lack of access to basic services and limited opportunities “may lead to tensions between displaced and
host communities”.

“On Abaco Island,” the appeal read, “following the Hurricane, Haitian communities have been decimated, with thousands of men, women, and children displaced. Some Haitians have gone to official shelters on New
Providence and other islands while others have not left the island.

“While many Haitian migrants have regular status, others are undocumented and fear arrest and deportation, and have therefore avoided contact with rescuers. Fear is however widespread, even among documented migrants and Bahamian nationals of Haitian descent, some of whom have lost their documents in the hurricane.”

The appeal highlighted the IOM’s Caribbean Needs Assessment on Migration Governance in 2018, which stated 25 % of the national population of the Bahamas are Haitian nationals – including both regular and irregular

It noted training for humanitarian actors on victim identification, assistance and referral; sensitization for front-line officers and service providers, was a primary need identified by The Bahamas government during the IOM’s 2018 needs assessment.  “The situation on Grand Bahama and Abaco islands has deteriorated rapidly. Affected sites, particularly in central Abaco, are destroyed and remain uninhabitable,” the appeal read.

The IOM is an inter-governmental organization linked to the United Nations but it does not receive core funding.

It works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners to promote humane and orderly migration management.

The Bahamas is one of 173 member states.

As part of early recovery, the IOM will also “conduct market assessment, including rapid labor market assessment and where appropriate supply chain analysis, to identify sources of income for displaced people.”

The organization will also provide market-based programming, such as asset replacement grants, training for employment and job placement programmes, and for using appropriate modalities such as conditional cash transfer.

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Haiti – FLASH : Earthquake in Cap Haitien




Haiti – FLASH : Earthquake in Cap Haitien
15/10/2019 05:21:35

Haiti - FLASH : Earthquake in Cap Haitien

On Monday, at 9:26 am, an earthquake with an intensity of 3.5 on the Richter scale occurred in Cap Haitien, the second largest city in the country.

The epicenter of the earthquake was located at 19.736 latitude, and -71.895 longitude, at a depth of 34 kilometers, 14km at sea northeast of Caracol, and 33km east of Cap-Haitien and 145km at Northeast of Port-au-Prince.

So far, no significant damage has been reported. However, the Department of Civil Protection (DPC) has not yet submitted its balance sheet.

Let’s recall that on September 25, an earthquake of 4.6 on the Richter scale was felt in the southern municipalities of Port Salut and Les Cayes , while on July 30, a magnitude 3.3 earthquake was recorded 2 kilometers from Bainet located in the province of the southeast, also without reported damage and a dozen times in the night from August 13 to 14

Haiti is in the midst of a vast system of geological faults resulting from the movement of the tectonic plates of the Caribbean and North America, this is why Haiti is subject to frequent earthquakes.

See also :

SL/ HaitiLibre

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Haiti – Economy : Inflation inexorably continues its rise




Haiti – Economy : Inflation inexorably continues its rise
14/10/2019 09:36:44

Haiti - Economy : Inflation inexorably continues its rise

Prices continued to rise in August 2019, the new Consumer Price Index (CPI base 100, 2017-2018 ) went from 123.5 (June) to 125.5 in August showing a monthly increase of + 1.6% and +19.5 % over 12 months, compared to + 1.6% and + 19.1%, respectively, in July 2019

This upward variation comes from almost all consumption indices, the most important of which are : “Food products and non-alcoholic beverages” (+ 1.5% over one month and + 22.46% over one year); “Articles of clothing and footwear” (+ 3.2% over one month and 21.1% over one year); “Furniture, household items and household maintenance” (+ 0.7% over one month and + 20.5% over one year); “Health” (+ 2.2% over one month and + 27.8% over one year); Leisure activities “(+ 3.1% over one month and + 29.6% over one year) and” Restaurant “(+ 5.1% over one month and + 29.0% over one year).

Products that have seen the strongest year-on-year hikes :

Food :

Local rice (+19.7%), imported rice (+21.0%), grain corn (+30.0%), ground corn (+30.4%), millet (+ 24.4%), wheat / flour (+ 21.0%), bread (+ 24.1%), meat on average (+ 26.1%), hot dog (+ 26.7%), fresh fish (+ 25.7%), eggs (+ 30.9%), milk on average (+ 27.7%), edible oil ( + 22.8%), orange (+ 36.6%), chadèque (+ 49.0%), lemon (+ 23.9%), mango (+ 34%), papaya (+ 40.4%), dry peas (+ 28.7%), yams (+ 31.6%), bananas (+ 30.6%), potatoes (+ 28.1%), true trees (+ 39.6%) and malanga (+ 28.8%).

Health :

Drugs (+ 33.9%), glasses (+ 31.7%) and hospitalization costs (+ 25.8%).

Articles of clothing and shoes :

Clothing (+ 31.2%), dress (+ 28.5%), tights (+ 18.3%), shirts (+ 26.8%), men’s trousers (+ 26.4%) and children’s shoes (+ 28.6%).

Furniture, household items and household maintenance :

Living room furniture (+ 32.0%), bed (+ 28.8%), mattress (+ 22.4%), generator (+ 38.0%), fridge (+ 43.8%) and fan (+ 37.0%).

Restaurants : Meals taken outside (+ 30.9%)

Year-over-year local product inflation is slightly lower than the CPI Global, at + 1.6% and + 19.2%, respectively at monthly and annual rates. On the other hand, in spite of a certain deceleration observed on a monthly basis (1.5% against 1.8% previously), the inflation of the imported products continues its annual acceleration with a variation of + 20.2%.

consumer Price Index for the whole country by consumption function :

General index : + 19.5% over one year and + 1.6% for the month of August 2019

  • Food and non-alcoholic beverages: month +1.5%, year +22.6%
  • Alcoholic beverages and tobacco: month +1.4%, year +13.3%
  • Articles of clothing and footwear: month + 3.2%, year +21.1%
  • Housing, water, gas, electricity and other fuels: months + 2.1%, year + 17.3%
  • Furniture, household goods and household maintenance: months + 0.7% year + 20.5%
  • Health: month +2.2%, year +27.8%
  • Transportation: months + 0.6%, year + 7.5%
  • Communications: months + 0.4%, year + 4.1%
  • Hobbies: months +6.0%, year +38.7%
  • Teaching: month 0.0%, year + 10.2%
  • Restaurants: months +5.1%, year +29.0%
  • Miscellaneous goods and services: month +0.9%, year +18.0%
    Annual change in the CPI August 2018 to August 2019 :

    Global CPI :

    2018: August 12.7%; September 13.2%; October 14.4%; November 14.5%; December 2018 15.1%; 2019: January 15.5%; February: 17.0%; March 16.7%; April 17.7%; May 18.0%; June 18.6%; July 19.1%; August 19.5%

    CPI of local products :

    August 2018 12.1%; September 12.4%; October 13.3%; November13.8%; December 2018 14.3%; 2019: January 15.2%; February 15.9% March 15.8%; April 16.8% and May 17.2%; June 18.0%; July 18.5%; August 19.2%

    CPI of imported products :

    August 2018 13.6%; September 14.0%; October 16.0%; November 16.8%; December 2018 17.3%; 2019: January 18.2%; February 19.0%; March 18.7% April 19.1% and May 19.6%; June 20.0%; July 20.2%; August 20.2%

    CPI by geographic region (August 2019) :

    Monthly upward variations in inflation at the regional level are observed in all geographic regions of the country. It should be noted, however, that the most significant annualized regional variations (over 12 months) were observed in the South (+ 20.4%), the Metropolitan Area (+ 19.8%) and the Transversal Region (+ 19.4%). The Nord and Rest Ouest regions come immediately after, with respective growth rates of + 19.1% and + 18.8%.

    Metropolitan area: months +1.5%, year +19.8%

    (Port-au-Prince, Delmas, Pétion-ville, Carrefour and Croix des Bouquet);

    Rest West: months + 1.7%, year +18.8%

    (South-East and West departments without the metropolitan area);

    North : month + 1.6%, year +19.1%

    (Department of North, North East and North West);

    South : months + 1.7%, year +20.4%

    (Department of the South, Grande-Anse and Nippes);

    Transversal: month + 1.6%, year +19.4%

    (Department of the Center and Artibonite).

    NOTE : Due to the prevailing insecurity situation in the country, the Haitian Institute of Statistics and Informatics (IHSI), was not able to report the data from August earlier. 2019 and apologizes for it.

    See also :

    HL/ HaitiLibre

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