Peaceful Cite Soleil Amid Confusion

By Matt Marek on Wednesday, February 8, 2006.

flowerVoting began slowly today as many stations opened well after the scheduled 6am start time. Regardless hundreds and thousands of Haitians waited in line to cast their vote. The winner is unknown at this point as officials shut themselves inside the stations to count the results, some relying on candlelight because they have no electricity. Read more »

Pre-Elections: Day 4

By Anonymous on Monday, February 6, 2006.
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elections 6In total, we visited 9 polling stations today with varied capacities. Some were as large as 20,000 people, others just a few thousand. We began our day running back out to Carrefour to visit more sites along Route National 2. Read more »

Pre-Elections: Day 3

By Anonymous on Sunday, February 5, 2006.
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leoganeToday we set off to Leogane, slightly more than an hour south of the capital. Portions of the road had been recently paved and were quite nice; however, a significant portion around Carrefour was in desperate need of repair. Leogane was an old, quite town with many colonial buildings still in good shape. Read more »

Pre-Elections: Day 2

By Anonymous on Sunday, February 5, 2006.
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My escort arrived a prompt 30 minutes late this morning. All things considered, not bad. We picked up the rest of the gang and headed to the chancellery. It was to be my first time visit. As a volunteer with Peace Corps, we were always discouraged from visiting. The control room was already set up, computers set on tables, maps of the country posted to the walls. We briefed quickly and then split into our teams to decide who would be visiting which sites. Read more »

Pre-elections: Day 1

By Anonymous on Friday, February 3, 2006.
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Port-au-Prince, Haiti – I arrived today without incident. Stepping from the plane, I was greeted by the familiar smell of burning rubbish and the faint sound of rah-rah drifting on a swift ocean breeze.

Armed Escort through Port-au-Prince

Nearing the door of the Toussaint Louveture International Airport, a welcoming band started up and MINUSTAH dotted the tarmac. I was immediately taken to the diplomatic lounge and then shown to vehicle that would take me to the Norwich Mission House, where I am writing this blog. My escort consisted of one driver and two armed contractors based out of Virginia. Both were former Marines and had recently left Iraq wanting to return soon. Read more »

Jean Juste Asks for Patience

By Anonymous on Thursday, February 2, 2006.

Jean-Juste in Miami With two security guards posted outside of his room, I was able to visit Father Gérard Jean-Juste today at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. He had recently undergone a biopsy on his neck, where a large growth had emerged in recent weeks while he was imprisoned in Pacot, Haiti. Read more »

Non-Profit Undermining US Foreign Policy?

By Matt Marek on Tuesday, January 31, 2006.

bdcMonday evening of this week, one of Haiti Innovation's own, Ambassador Brian Dean Curran, an advisor to this organization, was featured in a NYTimes documentary special, Haiti: Democracy Undone. Read more »

NEWS ALERT - Jean-Juste in Miami

By Anonymous on Sunday, January 29, 2006.

Port-au-Prince – Today, the Reverend Jean Juste was taken by Haitian Government officials to the airport where he was taken to Miami to receive treatment for Leukemia, a six-month battle that has seemingly taken a turn for the better (see my last post here). Read more »

Security and Development

By Bryan Schaaf on Sunday, January 29, 2006.
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Soldier with ChildIs development really sustainable without security? It’s the component of development in Haiti that is most often overlooked by the larger international and governmental development agencies. Is a maturing civil society possible when the security situation continues to get worse? The security situation seems to be at a plateau now and could improve or deteriorate. Now is a good time for us to look for answers. Iraq, Afghanistan, and Haiti are interesting comparison studies as we discuss this issue. Read more »

HII Board Member to Observe Elections

By Anonymous on Friday, January 27, 2006.
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glassOn Friday of next week, I will travel to Port-au-Price to begin training as an official election observer. The six-day trip will begin with security and observation training. I will then be paired with a State Department employee to begin outreach activities in communities throughout the city. Details beyond my first couple days are still forthcoming; however, I should have nightly access to the Internet, so expect to see daily updates of the election begining February 3rd. I hope to provide details you might not otherwise hear or see reported in the news. If you have any questions, feel free to continue to contact me at Read more »