Haiti - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Haiti


Haiti reports first 2 coronavirus cases

Mar 20, 2020 - 10:28 AM

Haiti is the Caribbean's poorest and most densely populated country, and the virus' arrival spurs the government to implement a series of restrictive measures

READING. A young boy reads a book under the staircase of a playground in Port-au-Prince, on February 13, 2020. Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP

15 children killed in Haiti orphanage fire

Feb 15, 2020 - 8:47 AM

An official says the building had not been authorized to operate as an orphanage since 2013

Lapin confirmed as Haiti's new prime minister

Apr 09, 2019 - 10:41 PM

The new administration that Jean-Michel Lapin must assemble with Haiti's President Jovenel Moise will face pressing problems such as the high cost of living and the insecurity that plagues the capital

NEW PRIME MINISTER. In this file photo, then acting Prime Minister of Haiti Jean Michel Lapin stands as the fanfare plays the presidential anthem on March 21, 2019 in Port au Prince. File photo by Valerie Baeriswyl/AFP

Haiti officials to lose perks in prime minister's response to violent unrest

Feb 17, 2019 - 6:33 PM

The unrest is the latest upsurge of discontent over corruption and poverty in the Caribbean half-island where protesters want the ouster of President Jovenel Moise

The week in photos: February 9-15, 2019

Feb 16, 2019 - 5:54 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

WE ARE MARIA. Students and rights activists picket the NBI headquarters in Manila where Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa is detained following her arrest for the charge of cyberlibel on February 13, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Haiti president breaks silence after week of violent unrest

Feb 15, 2019 - 11:56 AM

'I will not leave the country in the hands of armed gangs and drug traffickers,' says Haiti President Jovenel Moise in a pre-recorded address broadcast on state television

Elected President Jovenel Moise of PHTK political party, gives a speech, in the commune of Petion Ville, in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince on January 3, 2017.  The Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) confirmed the win of Jovenel Moise as the newly elected President of Haiti. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMAL

Nearly 80 detainees escape Haiti prison

Feb 13, 2019 - 7:41 AM

All 78 detainees at a prison in Haiti escape during a demonstration against President Jovenel Moise that is part of an increasingly violent nationwide movement

Burning cars are seen during clashes, in the center of Haitian Capital Port-au-Prince, February 12, 2019, during the sixth day of protest against Haitian President Jovenel Moise and misue of Petrocaribe fund.  HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP

No word from Haiti's president as fear paralyzes capital

Feb 12, 2019 - 9:42 AM

Schools, shops and municipal offices close down for fear of more violence that has already left several people dead and an air of uncertainty hanging over the government of President Jovenel Moise

MARCHING ON THE STREETS. Demonstrators march on the streets on the fifth day of protests in Port-au-Prince, February 11, 2019, against Haitian President Jovenel Moise and the misuse of Petrocaribe funds. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

At least 11 dead in Haiti earthquake

Oct 07, 2018 - 12:44 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Government spokesman Eddy Jackson Alexis says a disaster response task force has been set up after a 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck just off the northwest coast of Haiti late Saturday, October 6

Haiti prime minister resigns after deadly unrest

Jul 15, 2018 - 1:01 PM

The unrest was sparked by the government's plans for major fuel price hikes — 38% for gasoline, 47% for diesel, and 51% for kerosene

RESIGNED. Haitian Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant during his speech to the deputies at the interpellation session in Port au Prince, Haiti, July 14, 2018. He confessed to having given earlier in the day his resignation to the President of the Republic who accepted it. Photo by Pierre Michel Jean/AFP

Oxfam faces fresh Haiti sexual misconduct allegations

Mar 17, 2018 - 5:53 PM

Internal documents reported by The Times says Oxfam attempted to "contain" sexual harassment allegations involving Raphael Mutiku, who led Oxfam's installation of water supplies after the 2010 earthquake

UNDER REVIEW. The logo on the front of an Oxfam bookshop is photographed in Glasgow on February 10, 2018. Photo by Andy Buchanan / AFP

Haiti suspends Oxfam operations pending sex scandal probe

Feb 23, 2018 - 11:30 AM

'These reprehensible acts, alleged crimes, acknowledged by the perpetrators as well as the NGO, are a serious violation of the dignity of the Haitian people,' a government statement says

UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT. The logo on the front of an Oxfam bookshop is photographed in Glasgow on February 10, 2018. Andy Buchanan/AFP

Oxfam probes new sexual misconduct cases as British MPs grill bosses

Feb 21, 2018 - 7:57 AM

Chief executive Mark Goldring told a parliamentary committee in London that the cases varied in their seriousness, while 16 related to its international operation

PARLIAMENTARY PROBE. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) on February 20, 2018 shows Oxfam CEO Mark Goldring (C), Oxfam Chair of Trustees Caroline Thomson (R) and Oxfam International Executive Director Winnie Byanyima (L) atttending an evidence session as witnesses before the International Development Committee of members of parliament at Portcullis House in London. PRU/AFP

Oxfam says former Haiti director admitted hiring sex workers

Feb 19, 2018 - 11:56 AM

Roland van Hauwermeiren, who led Oxfam's team in Haiti, was one of 3 staff members who resigned over allegations they hired young sex workers following the devastating 2010 earthquake there

UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT. The logo on the front of an Oxfam bookshop is photographed in Glasgow on February 10, 2018. Andy Buchanan/AFP

Oxfam unveils action plan after 'stain' of sex scandal

Feb 16, 2018 - 2:25 PM

The organization says it would create a commission which will 'operate at arms-length from Oxfam' and be given access to the charity's records and interview staff in a bid to stamp out abuse

Oxfam aid workers accused of using prostitutes in Haiti

Feb 09, 2018 - 11:20 AM

Young sex workers were hired by senior staff in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake which devastated the island and left up to 300,000 people dead, The Times reports

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Jan 15, 2018 - 8:37 PM

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Trump scrambles as 'shithole' slur fuels outrage

Jan 12, 2018 - 10:17 PM

(UPDATED) African countries at the UN call for a retraction and apology, saying they are 'extremely appalled' at the 'racist and xenophobic remarks'

Trump uses slur to describe immigrants from Haiti, Africa

Jan 12, 2018 - 3:06 PM

The comments spark anger among Democrats and Republicans and revive questions about US President Donald Trump's tendency to make racially charged remarks

Trump blasted over decision to repatriate 59,000 Haitians

Nov 22, 2017 - 12:08 PM

Lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle blasted the decision to repatriate the Haitians within 18 months, removing the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) they received after the devastating 2010 earthquake

BACKLASH OVER TPS DECISION. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump attends an event at the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, July 20, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

UN reports 31 allegations of sex abuse and exploitation

Nov 04, 2017 - 9:47 AM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is 'obviously disappointed and saddened that these actions continue,' says UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric

PEACEKEEPERS IN MALI. UN peacekeepers stand guard near the airport on February 4, 2016 in Timbuktu, central Mali. File photo by Sebastien Rieussec/AFP

Long-running UN mission to Haiti ends

Oct 06, 2017 - 2:46 PM

The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti will be succeeded by the United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti, which will continue training Haitian police

END. Nepalese garrison stands at attention during the official closing ceremony of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) in Tabarre Haiti on October 5, 2017. Photo by Pierre Michel Jean/AFP

'Devastation' in Florida Keys as storm Irma weakens

Sep 12, 2017 - 7:46 AM

UPDATED Across the Caribbean hard hit residents struggle to get back on their feet as Britain France the Netherlands and the United States ramp up relief efforts for their overseas territories

POST-IRMA. A man looks at damaged boats brought onto land by Hurricane Irma at a marina in Miami, Florida, September 11, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

Fierce Hurricane Irma slams into Florida Keys

Sep 10, 2017 - 1:28 AM

6th UPDATE Irma s roaring winds rip boats from their moorings flatten palm trees and tear down power lines

RISKY BEHAVIOR. James Sampero surfs in the churning ocean as Hurricane Irma approaches on September 9, 2017 in Miami Beach, Florida. Florida is in the path of the Hurricane which may come ashore at category 4. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Irma's deadly passage batters Caribbean, at least 12 dead

Sep 08, 2017 - 1:10 PM

Barreling across the Caribbean the rare Category Five Irma wielded monster winds and torrential rain wreaking destruction on tiny islands like St Martin before slamming into the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

DEVASTATED. A photo taken on September 7, 2017 shows damage in Orient Bay on the French Carribean island of Saint-Martin, after the passage of Hurricane Irma. Lionel Chamoiseau/AFP

'Devastation' as Hurricane Irma slams Caribbean

Sep 07, 2017 - 7:17 AM

UPDATED Irma follows a projected path that would see it hit Puerto Rico the northern edges of the Dominican Republic and Haiti and eastern Cuba before veering north for Florida

Irma is 'extremely dangerous' Category Five hurricane – NHC

Sep 06, 2017 - 7:37 AM

Irma is expected to make landfall along the string of French islands that includes Guadeloupe late Tuesday before heading to Haiti and Florida

For Haiti's NBA dreamers, someone to look up to

Aug 08, 2017 - 11:09 PM

Skal Labissiere says It s a blessing and a real pleasure to come back and share my experience with the young people

UN asks countries to shift $40M to Haiti cholera fund

Jul 14, 2017 - 11:44 AM

The General Assembly adopts a resolution endorsing a proposal from UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres who is facing a major shortfall in the 400 million needed to help Haiti recover from the epidemic

CHOLERA OUTBREAK. Patients with cholera symptoms receive medical attention in a field hospital of Samaritan's Purse in Randelle, Haiti, on October 19, 2016. File photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

UN Haiti cholera fund still falls short despite British aid

Mar 18, 2017 - 2:13 PM

We will continue our efforts to mobilize the funds necessary to this new approach to cholera in Haiti in order to diminish the incidence of cholera in the country UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric says

DIRE CONDITIONS. Patients with cholera symptoms receive medical attention in a field hospital of Samaritan's Purse in Randelle, Haiti, on October 19, 2016. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Former Haiti president Preval, champion of poor, dies

Mar 04, 2017 - 8:47 AM

With a reputation as an honest and efficient administrator Preval served as president of Haiti the poorest country in the western hemisphere with a long history of political violence in 1996 2001 and 2006 2011

CHAMPION OF POOR. This file photo taken on January 16, 2010 shows former Haitian President Rene Preval speaking to the press after meeting with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Port-au-Prince Toussaint Louverture International Airport. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Jovenel Moise sworn in as Haiti's new president

Feb 07, 2017 - 2:13 PM

UPDATED Jovenel Moise s election brings to an end to the impoverished Caribbean nation s long running political nightmare

Haiti's President-elect Jovenel Moise(C) speaks to the media in front of the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) where he received his election certificate in Port-au-Prince, on February 6, 2017. Hector Retamal/AFP

Jovenel Moise confirmed as Haiti's new president – official

Jan 04, 2017 - 12:01 PM

The announcement by Haiti s Provisional Electoral Council puts an end to a protracted electoral process that began in October 2015 and paralyzed the Caribbean country s politics for more than a year

Elected President Jovenel Moise of PHTK political party, gives a speech, in the commune of Petion Ville, in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince on January 3, 2017. Hector Retamal/AFP

Costa Rica saw 'unprecedented' migration flow in 2016

Dec 19, 2016 - 11:10 AM

Tens of thousands of mainly Cubans Haitians and Africans are seeking passage to the United States via the country

Migrants by a banner that reads 'Welcome to Costa Rica' in an encampment of Africans in Penas Blancas, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, in the border with Nicaragua on July 19, 2016. Ezequiel Becerra / AFP

Haiti party claims presidential win as count continues

Nov 22, 2016 - 7:18 AM

The party of Haiti s former leader Michel Martelly attempted to cut short speculation over the result of a long delayed presidential election claiming victory while vote counting continued

COUNT CONTINUES. Polling center employees in Port-au-Prince tally votes November 21, 2016 one day after the Haitian presidential and legislative elections. Hector Retamal/AFP

Haiti struggles to organize vote in hurricane's aftermath

Nov 20, 2016 - 8:09 AM

Les Cayes Mayor Gabriel Fortune uses military tactics to evacuate schools turned shelters into voting centers

DEVASTATION. View of the debris left by Hurricane Matthew in Jeremie, Haiti, on October 8, 2016. File photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Hurricane Matthew damage in Haiti tally nearly $2B

Oct 29, 2016 - 9:56 AM

The agricultural sector alone suffered losses estimated at nearly 600 million And more than 175 000 people lost their homes with those losses also estimated at close to 600 million

DEVASTATION. View of the debris left by Hurricane Matthew in Jeremie, Haiti, on October 8, 2016. File photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Haiti storm victims, in makeshift camps, bemoan aid chaos

Oct 24, 2016 - 3:40 PM

I pay my taxes I contribute like everyone else I don t understand what is happening It makes me angry because it makes me question our humanity

A woman prepares food near her destroyed house in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in the commune of Roche-a-Bateaux, southwest Haiti, on October 18, 2016. Hector Retamal/AFP

More than 100 inmates escape Haiti prison, one guard dead – official

Oct 23, 2016 - 3:55 PM

UPDATED Residents in the area are asked to cooperate with police who have launched a manhunt for the escapees

After the hurricane, cholera hits Haiti's suffering survivors

Oct 22, 2016 - 9:15 AM

Nearly 300 people are afflicted with cholera since the onslaught of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti

Patients with cholera symptoms receive medical attention in a hospital of field of Samaritan's Purse in Randelle, Haiti, on October 19, 2016.  Food, medicine and other essential aid has been slow to reach areas slammed by Hurricane Matthew. Some desperate Haitians have taken to blocking parts of the road crossing the southern peninsula to intercept humanitarian convoys, in some cases looting them. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMAL

UN chief to visit hurricane-hit Haiti as funding appeal falls short

Oct 14, 2016 - 9:26 AM

The United Nations has launched a flash appeal for 120 million to help Haiti cope with its worst humanitarian crisis since the 2010 earthquake but only 6 1 million has been raised so far

Staff members of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) work to load 25 trucks with relief materials destined for the western region of Haiti devastated by Hurricane Matthew, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, October 10, 2016. UN Photo/Logan Abassi

Storm-hit Haiti gets first major food aid

Oct 13, 2016 - 9:20 AM

Supplies are still far short of what is needed by the thousands of starving people

US Marines loading over 12 tonnes of food items into helicopters to be sent in Jeremie, Haiti, October 8, 2016. Frederic Fath - UN/MINUSTAH

Haiti death toll hits 473 as survivors plead for aid

Oct 12, 2016 - 7:48 AM

Thousands of people in hard hit communities struggle to rebuild homes and access food and clean water

People walk along a street in downtown Jeremie, Haiti, October 6, 2016. Logan Abassi UN/MINUSTAH

At least 1.4M need aid in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew – UN

Oct 11, 2016 - 8:48 AM

UPDATED Haiti faces a humanitarian crisis that requires a massive response from the international community the United Nations chief says

People continue to clean up in the western Haitian city of Jeremie, which was hit by Hurricane Matthew, on October 6, 2016. Logan Abassi/UN/MINUSTAH

Haiti mourns hurricane dead as Matthew dwindles

Oct 10, 2016 - 12:30 AM

Up to one million people may also be in urgent need of humanitarian assistance according to the United Nations

View of the debris left by the Hurricane Matthew in Jeremie, Haiti, on October 8, 2016. The full scale of the devastation in hurricane-hit rural Haiti became clear as the death toll surged over 400, three days after Hurricane Matthew leveled huge swaths of the country's south. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMAL

Hurricane Matthew weakens, makes South Carolina landfall

Oct 09, 2016 - 7:32 AM

In Haiti where Matthew was a monster Category 4 when it slammed into the poorest country in the western hemisphere Tuesday October 4 the official death toll rises to at least 336

Heavy waves caused by Hurricane Matthew pounds the boat docks at the Sunset Bar and Grill, October 7, 2016 on Cocoa Beach, Florida. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Haiti in pain as hurricane toll soars, aid sought

Oct 08, 2016 - 4:22 PM

3rd UPDATE The death toll surges past 400 3 days after Hurricane Matthew leveled huge swaths of the country s south

AFTER THE STORM. Homes destroyed and damaged by Hurricane Matthew are seen in Jeremie, in western Haiti, on October 7, 2016. Nicolas Garcia/AFP

KBRI Havana: Tidak ada WNI di Haiti jadi korban Badai Matthew

Oct 07, 2016 - 5:48 PM

20 personil Polri yang tengah membantu misi perdamaian PBB di Haiti juga sudah berada di tempat yang aman

BADAI MATTHEW. Pergerakan Badai Matthew dari Haiti menuju ke tepi pantai utara di Amerika Serikat. Ilustrasi oleh Rappler

Hurricane Matthew: What we know

Oct 07, 2016 - 3:00 PM

UPDATED Here s what we know about this deadly dangerous storm

DESTRUCTION. An ariel view shows damaged houses are after the passing of Hurricane Matthew, in Sous Roche in Les Cayes, Southwest Haiti, on October 6, 2016. Photo by Nicolas Garcia/AFP

Life-threatening hurricane bears down on Florida, over 300 dead in Haiti

Oct 07, 2016 - 8:54 AM

4th UPDATE Hurricane Matthew has already battered Haiti Jamaica Cuba the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas and US officials are taking no chances warning that loss of life is a virtual certainty

AFTERMATH. A woman stands in a field of destroyed trees after the passing of Hurricane Matthew, in Sous Roche in Les Cayes, in Southwest Haiti, on October 6, 2016. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP