January 21, 2010
As I watch the horror unfold in Haiti, I find solace in the immeasurable generosity of so many countries and individuals. The United States was foremost in its efforts to aid this stricken country. On the heels of the U.S., Israel, a country the size of New Jersey, immediately sent enough people and supplies to set up a 100-bed field hospital. Many other countries and individuals have followed suit. Although constantly belittled by the religious right and ultra conservatives as not being real Americans, many celebrities are setting up telethons and raising millions of dollars.
By Stephanie Citron, For The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2014
It's practically impossible for Americans to learn much about the country of Haiti without running into the works of Goucher College's creative writing professor and award-winning novelist Madison Smartt Bell. Along with a dozen or so published pieces, Bell is widely acclaimed for his Haitian Revolutionary trilogy: "All Souls' Rising," "Master of the Crossroads," and "The Stone that the Builder Refused. " In the course of researching Haiti for his books, Bell has lived among local residents and international relief workers, circumnavigating coups, civil unrest and heartbreaking hardship.
By By Mary Gail Hare | The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2010
A Baltimore County church's effort to assist one of its own ended up benefiting the victims of the Haiti earthquake, thanks to the generosity of a congregation and a contractor. The story began early last month, when a member of the White Marsh Baptist Church visited a fellow member to drop off some reading materials. The elderly woman answered the door in a heavy coat and hat. She explained that she needed to dress in layers, since her furnace had stopped working three years earlier.
By Thomas V. DiBacco | February 22, 2014
My wife of 55 years, Mallie, recently passed away in our home in South Florida after a hard-fought, three-year battle with stage-four lung cancer, although she never smoked, consumed alcoholic beverages, or, for that matter, ate red meat. But excruciating as it was to serve as her caregiver - and to ponder incessantly why a disease so unrelated to her lifestyle befell her - the ordeal brought into focus a neglected side of the current debates over immigration policy as well as the debate suggesting the decline of race relations.
By Robert Little | and Baltimore Sun reporter | January 20, 2010
The simulated pregnant woman with a traumatic leg amputation didn't create any chaos, nor did the plastic patient who went into cardiac arrest on the way to surgery. The excitement arose only when the ship's first full-scale medical rehearsal was nearly finished, and the vessel's Master ordered an abandon-ship drill for everyone onboard &mdash fictional patients included. With their arrival within helicopter range of Haiti expected overnight, the crew of the Navy's Baltimore-based hospital ship began a series of exercises Tuesday, using dummies and a fake medical script, trying to locate holes in the assessment and treatment plan they've put together during the last three days at sea. They found some holes but say they're ready to begin treating earthquake victims, who arrived on the ship Tuesday night.
By Gilbert A. Lewthwaite and Gilbert A. Lewthwaite,Sun Staff Correspondent | October 10, 1994
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Of all the dangers facing U.S. forces in Haiti, perhaps none is more feared than the tarantula spider. Except perhaps the poisonous centipede. Or the banana spider, a nasty little critter with a yellow body and a painful bite. Not to mention the millions of mosquitoes and fleas, which can make life impossibly irritating."I've seen tarantulas as big as footballs when they're spread out," said Master Sgt. Timothy McMahon, 37, a veteran of 18 years' service with the Air Force.
By Makeda Crane | January 25, 2010
On Jan. 12, 206 years after rattling the world by becoming the first (and only) black republic to win its independence by overthrowing a slave system, Haiti made history again. This time, the forces of nature dealt Haiti a cataclysmic blow, an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale, affecting at least 3 million people -- a third of its population. As I turned on CNN and saw the devastation and the loss of human lives, the shock in the eyes of men, women and children, I thought about Haiti's history: the fall of slavery on its shores, the rise of a free nation and the innumerable barriers and challenges that seemed to accompany its unique, glorious legacy.
January 20, 2010
The world has responded with tremendous generosity to the destruction in Haiti after last week's earthquake, but the breakdown of security and order there threatens to multiply the already terrible death toll if the food, water and medicine pouring into the country can't be distributed properly. Relief officials now estimate that the death toll could rise as high as 200,000, with hundreds of thousands more left seriously injured or homeless. With people desperate for food, water and shelter, looting has broken out in the country's shattered capital, Port-au-Prince, and thousands of residents are trying to flee the destruction for outlying areas, some of which are in even worse shape.
September 29, 1994
A special session of Haiti's parliament called to pass an amnesty law ended after less than two hours without any vote being taken.A gunman fired on a crowd of some 200 Aristide loyalists as they marched toward an office of a paramilitary group in Port-au-Prince. One man was hit in the chest and critically wounded.A U.S. House committee approved legislation setting a March 1 cutoff date for U.S. military intervention in Haiti.
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | November 25, 2012
Ellen Reich's business - run out of her Butcher's Hill rowhouse - has international reach. She's the proprietress (she loves that word) of Three Stone Steps, which sells metal art, recycled jewelry and other intriguing items made by artisans in Haiti, the Philippines and other countries. Founded in 2007, the company specializes in "ethically sourced imports," which combines Reich's love of travel with her social-justice background in the labor movement. What prompted you to start the company?
By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2012
An All-State lineman on the offensive side of the ball last season, Wilde Lake's Moise Larose may be even more impressive this fall on the defensive side. The 6-foot-5, 285-pound senior has committed to Rutgers as an offensive tackle, but Wildecats coach Mike Harrison is getting plenty of calls from college coaches who would rather see Larose on their defensive lines next fall. Larose, who played his first three seasons at Meade before transferring to Wilde Lake when his family moved over the summer, leads the Wildecats (3-3)
By Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2012
Cholera broke out in Haiti two years ago, and more than 7,000 people have died. Some researchers traced the outbreak's origin to United Nations peacekeepers sent from Nepal after the devastating earthquake in 2010. The theory that Nepalese soldiers unwittingly spread the bacterial gastrointestinal ailment has become widely accepted based on genetic fingerprints revealing the strain's Asian roots. Now research from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and College Park campuses is painting a more complicated picture, with recent findings showing that a second cholera strain also sickened some Haitians.
By Ken Hackett and Carolyn Woo | January 11, 2012
Two years ago, an enormous earthquake devastated Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, and the surrounding areas. While the cameras are gone, Haiti's recovery continues. Having recently visited Port-au-Prince, we can report that much has been accomplished - though the most important successes are not so obvious. As images of death and destruction dominated the post-disaster news coverage, compassionate Americans donated hundreds of millions of dollars to humanitarian organizations like ours, Baltimore-based Catholic Relief Services.
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2011
Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen and Bryan Voltaggio of Volt are lending their support to a Wednesday night benefit for Up From Under, a project for building homes in Haiti. The Up From Under benefit dinner and silent action, which is being held at Washington, D.C.'s Long View Gallery on Wednesday, will help raise awareness and funding to build homes for the homeless and those devastated by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The Volt staff is preparing is preparing food for the benefit, alongside Gjerde, R.J. Copper of Rogue 24, Matt Hill of Charlie Palmer Steakhouse and Mike Isabella of Graffiato.
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2011
Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen and Bryan Voltaggio of Volt are lending their support to a benefit for Up From Under, a project for building homes in Hait The Up From Under benefit dinner and silent acution, which is being held at Washington, D.C.'s Long View Gallery on Wednesday, will help raise awareness and funding to build homes for the homeless and those devastated by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The Volt staff is preparing is preparing food for the benefit, alongside Gjerde, RJ Copper of Rogue 24, Matt Hill of Charie Palmer Steahouse and Mike Isabella of Graffiato.
By Paul Schwartzman, The Washington Post | January 23, 2011
Four-year-old Ila Yslande Ann Hubner waddled into the Frederick County Courthouse the other morning, arms flailing, legs kicking this way and that, babbling about the Cookie Monster. "Everything is 'Cookie Monster,' I don't know why," said Christie Hubner. A year ago, when Hubner and her husband, Dave, took custody of Ila, the child knew nothing about the Cookie Monster. She was an orphan in Port-au-Prince, Haiti — frightened, hungry and stranded in the rubble after last January's massive earthquake.
By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | January 16, 2011
Fabienne Doucet is haunted by the stories of the women and children she has met who are still living in camps one year after an earthquake reduced the island nation of Haiti to rubble. There's the former accounting student who apologizes for crying as she describes being gang-raped by four men. There's the young girl who was beaten so brutally she can no longer have children. And there's the mother who was so grateful to receive clothing for her babies that she insisted on washing Doucet's feet.
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