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Dr. Judy on Trauma of Disasters – like Haitian Earthquake

Dr. Judy Kuriansky trained local Boy Scouts to be “comforters”in the wake of the earthquake that recently destroyed Haiti. The patients were also grateful that anyone cared to talk to them. These helpers are now recruiting other youth and training them in the techniques they learned from Dr. Kuriansky. Known globally as “Dr. Judy,” she […]

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New York, N.Y.  “The U.N. simply does not have adequate support of the world powers,” Juan E. Mendez told me. Coming from anyone, this might be less important.  From a man who has led the most important human rights agencies in the world, I listened very carefully to what he had to say. Originally from […]

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Department of Ed Discriminated Against Debbie Almontaser

Brooklyn, N.Y.  The paper I love to hate, The New York Post, shouted: “City Principal Is Revolting: Tied To ‘Intifada NYC’ Shirts.”  Do you remember? The summer of 2007. A group of fanatics insisted that T-shirts with the word “Intifada,” sold at an Arab Heritage event in Brooklyn, were linked to the principal of the Khalil Gibran […]

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Live Report: No Spiders to Bite Me in My Pre-Dawn Haitian Shower

Team members Keiko Tsuyama and Evens Anozine speak on local radio from their tent. As founder of Orphans International Worldwide (OIWW), I have been here in Haiti to deal with children many times in the last decade.  I was here after the 2004 flooding in Mapou, 31 miles southeast of Port-au-Prince, and then in Gonaives […]

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Live Report: Tremendous Progress Accomplished in Six Long Haitian Days

Our meeting with the Mayor of Leogane in his new offices built by Canada was facilitatedby Lt. Colonel Wasantha Herath, Deputy Commander of the U.N. MINUSTA forces. The Mayor is a big man, who seemed very depressed at the total devastation of his city. He admitted he was being provide with “nothing” to deal with […]

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Live Report: Orphans International Worldwide Goes Live in Leogane, Haiti

We have partnered with a local Internet café to provide Web connectivity to the school. We continue to explore ways in which the Internet we have installed at the three-story school can be used to connect Haiti to the world, our staff to our New York global office, and our kids to French-speaking teachers in […]

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Inside the Shantytowns at Haiti’s Ground Zero

A family in a shantytown in Leogane, Haiti. Photo: Kona Shen. Madeleine is seventeen years old. Both of her parents died in the earthquake, and she now takes care of her younger brother and sister. As we spoke, she was embarrassed to keep breaking into tears, saying, “I miss my house.” We went around the […]

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Live Report: Cement Dust Coats All of Haiti, as 9/11 Dust Coated New York

Leogane, Haiti. It is 5pm on our first full day in Haiti.  Our relief team has achieved much, but we woke up — as most Haitians do — at 5am to make it all happen.  We arrived last night in Leogane, having first flown into Port-au-Prince in the mid-afternoon. This is my twentieth trip to […]

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