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Baraderes: Mystical Venice of Haiti

Venice, internationally renowned for two things, is literally comparable to Baraderes for the same interesting aspects which are the River like canal, and the Carnivalesque activities.

Baraderes, located in the Nippes department of Haiti, is partly isolated and elongated with beautiful river coastlines that make a boat ride an unforgettable experience. This town is easily accessible by boats instead of car transportation due to its stiffed rocky unpaved roads. Personally, I have attempted twice to reach there by car, but I feared for my car and the roadside safety was a major concern.

Similarly to Pestel, which is another town of the Nippes department of Haiti, is somewhat identical to a certain extent. They are both coastal towns. They have a great deal of lush vegetation and coffee crops that make them a lucrative market for coffee growers and sellers. The three kilometers upstream narrow river for its main street gives rise to this beautiful old town of Baraderes.

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The City Of Petion-Ville, Founded By Boyer on September 22, 1831

Petion-Ville, Haiti

John-Pierre Boyer was the founding father of the city of Petion-Ville. He was the president of Haiti between 1818 and 1843. He was one of the notable leaders of the Haitian revolution. On 22 September 2011, he founded the city of Petion Ville in the eastern suburbs of Port au Prince. He named the city after his predecessor, President Alexandre Sabes Petion.

Alexandre Petion was one of the founding fathers of Haiti and first president of the Republic of Haiti. The city at that time was in no way comparable to its current status. Guarded mansions of Petionville looks like a Haitian version of Beverly Hills. Here you can find everything that expect to find in any international city.

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Children sent home from school for wearing t-shirts with Haitian flag

Children sent home from school for wearing t-shirts with Haitian flag

You can call it school policy, racism or the new anti-Immigrant feeling being promoted by the Republican party leader Donald Trump. Some six Haitian children got kicked out of school in Immokalee, Florida on May 18, 2016 for just celebrating their Haitian flag. Jesola Pierre, on of the six children who proudly wore the Haitian flag and National coat of arms on Haitian flag day were sent, missing an entire day of school

There is one thing that Collier County school officials do not understand. Haitian flag day has a particular significance for people of Haitian descent. The flag we celebrate represents a symbol of pride for having led the first successful slave revolt and the creation of the first black republic in the Americas.

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Haitian Flag, a Symbol of Unity and Sovereignty

Haitian Flag Painted In Face

To Haitians at home and in the Diaspora, let's pause today on he 18th of May, 2016 to salute our nation's flag which is a sacred symbol of freedom and justice. Our red and blue flag with the country's coat of arms emblazoned in the center was created in 1803 for the independence of Haiti. Jean Jacques Dessalines was the one who removed the white from the French tri-color flag to send a message to the world that we are no longer under the occupation of France. Remember we were a group of unskilled Black slaves who defeated France in the historic revolutionary war.

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French Colonial Cap-Haitien a Tourist Magnet

Cap Haitien is one of the most beautiful cities in Haiti. Affronting a bay on the north coast, it is filled with French Colonial buildings, reminiscent of New Orleans in its early days. When Haiti was a protectorate under the French, Cap Haitien was known as Cap Parisien, the Paris of the West.

Hugo Chavez International Airport (HCIA) serves Cap Haitien with flight service supplied by IBC Air, Tortug' Air, Sky King, Turks and Caicos Air, and Pineapple Air. Although HCIA is tiny and offers few amenities, it is being renovated.

Plenty to do and see awaits tourists in the city center. For the best dining experience go to Lakay where they serve authentic Haitian cuisine and French menu items. Visitors, who are planning a stay-over, a range of hotels at varying price levels are available, among them Hostellerie du Roi Christophe, Hotel Mont Joli, and Auberge du Picolet. Cap Haitien is a great walking city, but if you need to travel longer distances you can hail a taxi or a tap-tap.

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Privately run city, International Financial Center plan for La Gonave Island

La Gonave Development Plan

Candidate of Pitit Desalin, Moise jean Charles, who believes that "Haiti is not for sale, either wholesale or retail" was very disappointed to learn about the deal made by former President Michel Martelly with an undisclosed institution to transform La Gonave island into an International Financial Center. According to an Executive order issued by the Martelly government and published on January 7, 2016 the President gave the right and authority to an institution (name unknown) to created inside of a 100 km2 in the island of La Gonave a new city with an International Financial Center. This new city is to be managed privately and the private entity will be free to collect revenues, build infrastructure, roads, or do anything necessary for the functioning of the project.

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The 743 km2 La Gonave Island has been sold

La Gonave, an island in Haiti

According to Arnel Belizaire who was a guest in the popular Radio Show Ranmase, a Decree has been issued by the Martelly government to sell the island of La Gonave. La Gonave is located in the west-northwest of Port-au-Prince in the Gulf of Gonâve and considered to be one of the largest islands in Haiti. According to Arnel Belizaire on Ranmase, the plan is for the island to be transformed into an international financial island with three official languages: English, French and Creole. The only thing pending before the new plan for La Gonave is implemented is its ratification by both chambers.

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Four Departments in Haiti Risk Falling in Food Crisis

According to the observation of the National Food Security Coordination (CNSA), during the period between April to September 2015, four departments in Haiti, namely, Southeast, Artibonite, North and Northwest my face acute food crisis due to the delay and shortage of rainfalls coupled with the threats of El Nino between April and June. A UN report on April 2014 had suggested that some 1.5 million people may continue to have severe food insecurity in Haiti, mostly as a result of drought and the impact of Hurricanes and storms.

Lack of rainfall often causes near total crop failure in Haiti's impoverished Artibonite, Northwest Department where over 40% of the households are considered food insecure. Bombardopolis, Anse-à-Galets, the upper Artibonite are facing dry periods for more than the last six months. The local farmers harvest 60% of their annual production during the spring time provided it had been watered sufficiently with rainfall and irrigation during the period of plantation and cultivation. Lack of production would further escalate the labor cost and food price higher. Some food species like sweet potato, yams and cassava are simultaneous sources of food and income. Some of the rice producing areas like Artibonite Valley, Saint Raphael and the Plain of Cayes, chemical fertilizers is available, but in very small quantities, a mere 8,000 metric tons annually which is about 25 to 30% of its requirement. The CNSA has estimated that there could be a 50% shortfall of agricultural production, resulting rise in the price of food products unless the situation is properly monitored, especially in the bottom Northwest and some cities in the Southeast where the state of the poor is truly miserable. Irrigation facilities should never entirely depend on rainfall or availability of water, the number of available tractors used in the operation should be more to call sufficient; it should be immediately increased from the present number of 12 in the whole region of the Artibonite Valley.

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Mirebalais University Hospital separates Conjoined Twins

University Hospital of Mirebalais (HUM) has delivered a miracle, the successful separation of conjoined twins, the first procedure of its kind in Haiti. Manoucheca Ketan discovered she was going to bear triplets during an ultrasound. It shocked the poverty-stricken mother-to-be, but even more alarming was the news two of the fetuses were conjoined female twins. The pressures were enormous for Ketan, for it was estimated surgery to separate them plus pre- and post-natal care would amount to approximately $100,000.

A relative recommended Ketan get the procedure done at HUM for free. The hospital opened in 2013 and uses cutting-edge technology. HUM's OB-GYN Director, Dr. Christophe Milien, assured Ketan he and the surgery team would do everything possible ". . . to keep these babies alive."

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Death in Campech, Belle Ville due to Flooding

On November 19, 2015, five people in one family died in Campech, Belle Ville in Petion-Ville, due to flooding. The administration has taken steps to mobilize resources to help the affected civilians. Flooding is a serious threat to Haiti. During last April, six people died in flooding.

Three of them were from Cite Soleil, a district of Port-au-Prince and three others in Delmas, and Carrefour. As per Directorate of Civil Protection and Interior Ministry's report, 245 families had to be relocated and 8,379 homes were flooded due to overflowing river in April. Some of the big issues after a flooding in Haiti commonly include: deaths and missing people, cholera, damaged crops, livestock killed, non availability of charcoal required for cooking, damages to property, latrine overflow with feces everywhere, life-threatening mudslides in deforested areas.

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