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Palestine, Haiti, and the Politics of Aid: “Disaster Relief” vs Sustainability and Self-Determination

By: 
Nada Elia, Shana griffin, and Alisa Bierria
Date Published: 
April 1, 2010

On January 12, 2010, a massive earthquake struck Haiti, killing an estimated 230,000 people, injuring over 300,000, and effectively destroying the capital city of Port-Au-Prince and its surrounding towns and cities, while displacing and rendering homeless nearly 1.5 million people. Almost immediately, international aid and charity organizations, individuals, faith-based and community groups, and national governments mobilized food, medicine, clothes, services, and money.

An Abbreviated Timeline of Haitian History

By: 
Gardy Guiteau
Date Published: 
April 1, 2010

Pre-1492: Prior to European arrival, Arawak-speaking Taíno people inhabited an island they referred to by several names, including Ayiti, or “high land.” Numbering roughly 1 million, they were organized into at least five major settlements.

1492: Christopher Columbus lands on the island called Haïti/Ayiti/Quisqueya/Bohio by the Taíno Arawak, changes the name to Hispaniola and destroys the native population within 50 years.

“Our Dead Died for Us to Live:” A Conversation with Patrick Elie

By: 
Avi Lewis
Date Published: 
April 1, 2010

Patrick Elie was Minister of Defense under Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and is currently an advisor to Haiti’s President René Préval. Just over two weeks after the earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people on January 12, 2010, Al Jazeera English’s Avi Lewis spoke with Elie in Pétionville, a suburb of Port-au-Prince.