Haiti – Security : Violence in Bel-Air neighborhood, at least 15 dead
Following the armed clashes that took place between 4 and 7 November in the Bel-Air neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, which killed at least 15 people and wounded several others, according to the National Defense Network of Human Rights (RNDDH), Jean Roudy Aly, the Minister of Justice expressed concern about the situation and “bitterly deplores these heinous acts that aggravate the violence perpetrated by individuals without faith or law […] who believe they can to reign, in all peace, fear, to mourn, by take away the life of peaceful citizens and destroy their property.”
Recall that according to an investigation of the RNDDH “[…] November 4, 2019 in the morning, Jimmy Cherizier aka ‘Barbecue’, ‘Ti Sonson’, Head of the gang ‘Base Krache Dife’, accompanied by several heavily armed individuals returned to the Bel-Air area and set fire to at least 4 vehicles and damaged at least 2 EDH transformers. In Mayard, 7 other vehicles and 20 houses were burned. At Le Morne Marinette intense shootings were recorded, carrying ‘Barbecue’ to flee…
[…] November 5, a new attack was perpetrated against the population of Bel-Air. Houses, motorcycles and cars were once again burned.
[…] on November 6th, ‘Barbecue’ and ‘Ti Sonson’ went once again to Bel-Air. That day, 14 people died : 13 perished in the fire of one house and another was beheaded to Mayard. The corpses of all the victims were washed away. Several people were shot and wounded. Vehicles parked at the side of the road were set on fire.
[…] On November 7, heavily armed individuals dressed in red and black took control of the Bel-Air area, bringing many residents to abandon their homes […]” Note that the RNDDH accuses the Executive of being behind these acts of violence…
For his part, Minister Aly states that “[…] these acts will not go unpunished. The police and the justice have already been seized of the file and remain mobilized to hunt down these bandits and drag them by before the courts so that they answer for their acts […]” inviting all the citizens to collaborate and to stand out from the bandits so to contribute to security in the country.
Jean Roudy Aly, the Minister of Justice presents “his sympathies to the victims and reiterates his commitment and his determination to work for the implementation of an effective criminal policy that will not leave any crime unpunished.”
Moreover, in a correspondence sent to Me Jacques Lafontant, the acting Commissioner of the Government of Port-au-Prince, Minister Aly asks him “[…] to conduct an investigation into the facts reported in the media, resulting from clashes between armed gangs in the Bel-Air district of Port-au-Prince […] I am therefore waiting for the Public Prosecutor’s Office to act effectively as soon as possible to shed light on these facts and allow justice to take its course […]”
Haitians Angered Over Craft Visit and US Support of Moise – The Haitian Times
Haitians are less than enthused over Ambassador Kelly Craft’s visit to Haiti on Wednesday, calling out the United States’ support for the unpopular Jovenel Moise as hypocritical and duplicitous.
Videos circulated on social media and WhatsApp of protesters expressing anger over the U.S.’s interference in Haitian politics, signaling Craft’s visit as the latest example of U.S. meddling.
Critics point out that while Craft is calling for the end of corruption and human rights violations in Haiti, she ignores that Moise is accused of being at the helm of these abuses in the country.
“A fully functioning government must, fight corruption; investigate and prosecute human rights abusers, including those responsible for the La Saline and Bel Air killings; and combat narcotics and human trafficking,” the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations said following a meeting with Moise and other political actors.
“President Moise and other democratically elected leaders have an obligation to come together, put aside differences, and find an inclusive solution for the benefit of the people of Haiti.”
joe bruschy proposes a school around a vast playground in haiti
architect joe bruschy proposed the design of a school in the rural area of cabaret, haiti. built out of locally-sourced materials, the project aims to provide the children of the town with a suitable space to learn and grow.
joe bruschy created the school around a vast playground. the horizontal, continuous structure houses four classrooms and a multi-purpose room, all facing the courtyard in a classic amphitheatre figure. this shape forms the school’s core, where the building’s placement is carefully selected in order to transform an immense site location into one more appropriate towards the scale of the building and its students.
the design creates a better atmosphere between the building and the pre-existing nature-assembled environment that confines the site. at the lower south-east side of the school, a second volume emerges, confining a more formal entrance that draws the visitor past the north-east facade, a pergola and vegetable garden before encountering this secondary structure, where the teacher’s room, kitchen, storage room and bathrooms are located.
between these more utilitarian spaces, and taking advantage of being located at the site’s lowest point, a large water cistern is fed by the water collected in the sloping roofs. from the cistern the water can be used in the kitchen, bathrooms or even in the vegetable garden, which not only helps the school be more self-sufficient, but also provides unmeasurable pedagogical value.
the building draws inspiration from local vernacular architecture techniques and materials, aiming to design in a contemporary language without losing connection to its roots. therefore, most of the materials are locally obtained, such as the wood for the structure and furniture, earth-based bricks and mortar and cloth sourced from the re-emerging haitian cotton industry. employing such distinct materials, enables the project to showcase a richness in textures and ambiances.
this is apparent in the contrast between the east and west facades. with the first presenting itself as a low, opaque and heavy wall, built in a wooden saint andrew’s cross structure, filled with adobe and covered in an earth-based mortar, a variation of the tiwoch technique. on the west side however, that opens itself up to the playground, we can find a lighter and more breathable construction system, that draws inspiration from the typical clissage, allowing the interior space to be filled by a filtered light while slightly shielding the students from excessive exterior distractions.
above them, and connecting both facades, curtains extend from the playground to the east façade, hiding the roof structure behind cloth dyed in playful colours. all of these lighter elements are meant to be easily removed and stored, making sure they can be readily repaired or shielded from severe weather.
architecture: joe bruschy
location: cabaret, haiti
Comfort Strengthens Partnership with Haiti Following Successful Medical Mission
By U.S. Navy Petty Officer Second Class Bobby Siens
November 20, 2019
U.S. Navy Hospital Ship USNS Comfort departed Port-au-Prince, Haiti, following the completion of the ship’s 12th and final medical mission in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean, November 11.
“Haiti is the last stop of the U.S. Navy’s Enduring Promise five-month mission in Latin America, Central America, and the Caribbean,” said Michele Sison, U.S. ambassador to Haiti. “This visit has again displayed the strong ties between our two countries; as friends and neighbors, our two nations work together to make life better for all. We support the Haitian people’s aspirations for a better life. It truly is an enduring promise.”
During the six-day mission in Port-au-Prince, more than 900 medical professionals provided care for 3,603 patients at a shore-based medical site and performed 76 surgeries aboard the ship.
“Offering quality healthcare to a population suffering from all kinds of harm was the motivation of the USNS Comfort,” said Normil Rameau, general director of Haiti’s national police. “I want to emphasize the level of empathy and the degree of humanity the personnel of the hospital ship showed in the care provided to our brothers and sisters of Haiti.”
During the ship’s stop, they learned that a local hospital’s maternity program was in need of an important medicine.
“We were informed through formal channels that there was a patient with eclampsia,” said Commander Todd Morris, director of medical services aboard Comfort. “The treatment is to provide an anti-seizure medication, specifically magnesium sulfate. We were able to find the medicine and transport it safely to the hospital to help the patient.”
The medicine was able to help multiple patients and local aide providers were exceptionally appreciative.
“You can imagine how stymied we were, as a high-risk maternity center,” said Father Rick Frechette, an American priest and founder of St. Luke Foundation Hospital. “We take our hats off to [Comfort], for coming to our rescue with this life-saving drug.”
Comfort’s team consists of more than 900 personnel, including medical specialists from the U.S. military, nongovernmental organizations (NGO) volunteers, and personnel from partner nations. The entire Comfort team is comprised of military and civilian personnel from the United States and partner nations, including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Peru, as well as several NGOs creating a dynamic team capable of delivering a variety of services.
U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command, visited the crew to thank them for the work put forth during their visit to Port-au-Prince.
“Each of you should leave this mission knowing that you made a difference,” said Adm. Faller. “I’m proud for the difference that we made here in Haiti; every little bit matters.”
This marks the sixth Comfort visit to Haiti and the seventh to the region since 2007. This deployment is a part of the U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative and reflects the United States’ ongoing commitment to friendship, partnership, and solidarity with partner nations in the Caribbean, Central America, and South America.
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