Help Provide Missing Haiti Coverage

Next week, Georgianne Nienaber departs on a 12-day investigative research trip to Haiti where she will look to fill in gaps in the mainstream media’s news coverage while also providing emergency medical assistance to rural Haitians. As she works with Haitian human rights organizations to develop story ideas, she also invites LA Progressive readers to contribute their thoughts on where else she might look.

For the past year, Georgianne has provided our readers with in-depth coverage of the often overlooked human rights tragedy in Africa based on her research in South Africa, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo from 2007 to 2009. She expects to complete a book on the horrific violence and human dislocation going on in eastern Congo later this year.

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Georgianne Nienaber

Accompanying Georgianne from her native Minnesota will be a doctor, who will bring drugs and useful small equipment. Rural areas of Haiti have not seen doctors since before the devastating earthquake on January 12th, they’re told. An estimated quarter million Haitians died in the 7.0 earthquake, a toll the coming spring rains and the spread of infectious disease could well increase. Georgianne is equipped to serve as a nurse and emergency medical tech as needed.

As a first investigation, she will look into reports that missionaries are requiring earthquake victims and others requiring medical aid to renounce Vodun before receiving treatment.

Georgianne will also attempt to look at the militarization of the Haitian countryside as a result of the catastrophe and the potential involvement of foreign mercenaries looking to profit from the misery of others.

We encourage you to use the “Comments” section below give Georgianne other story ideas you’d like to see her pursue. She will supply reports as often as communications facilities allow while she’s in Haiti and then in greater detail once she returns.

Dick Price, Editor

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Comments

  1. Kitty says

    I would like to thank Georgianne for the amazing work she’s doing and wish her a safe and productive trip. I would like to know why the desperately needed supplies that was donated is sitting collecting dust? And also what are Haiti officials doing to rebuild infrastructure and how are they living compared to the ordinary Haitians.
    Much love to Georgianne and all Haitians.
    Thank you.

    • Georgianne Nienaber says

      Good question. I was surprised to learn that I was able to find a room in the earthquake zone. I am subletting from another journalist who is returning to states for a few weeks. Like any conflict/disaster zone..it is expensive…also driver and fixer costs up to $250 a day. (someone is making money) I have much to learn in a short time and appreciate these suggestions that give focus beyond my own ideas. Thanks. Another thing I want to look at is the quality of the materials used to build temporary structures in the IDP camps. The tents look worse than what I have seen in Congo. We will find out.

  2. Georgianne Nienaber says

    Good on both issues. I have understood that George Soros is building an industrial park near the Cité Soleil neighborhood of Port au Prince. We will take a look-see. It is allegedly designed to support a garment industry.

  3. says

    Heritage Foundation had a report on their website which was later taken down when press got a hold of the report. Content centered around the advantages of establishing and creating businesses (taking over Haiti and building a big US parks and recreation center without regard for National Sovereignty.

    So in addition to the Funds provided through Charitable organizations, and we should ask who those are as there are many, What Business entities are now eying and pushing to take over Haiti. How is the government responding to Outside Business pressures. What are the Unions doing to bring the country back to work.

    In fact what is the status of the Haitian Business Industry.
    And finally, In the area of education, what is being done to ensure that children get back to school, the building of schools is a long process. So what is being done while the schools are being built. Elementary, secondary, University.

    From Lydia G Sanchez Bracamonte on Facebook

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