In Haiti, Cholera and Homelessness in the Midst of Storms

On November 19th

Join us for The Cabral/Truth Circle from 6 - 8pm at Busboys and Poets at 14th and V Sts NW, Washington, DC

The Cabral/Truth Circle on November 19th will focus on the housing and cholera crises in Haiti.  January 12, 2013 will mark three years since Haiti experienced the devastating earthquake which claimed more than 230,000 lives.  Housing for those who lost their homes that day is still a critical problem—over 400,000 people are still living in tents. 

In October 2010 Haitian citizens began being contrating and dying from cholera—a disease never before recorded in Haiti. The source of the contamination of Haiti's largest waterway by negligence in disposing of human waste a MINUSTAH (the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti) base.

A series of storms over the past two months have exacerbated these two existing crises. The island was severely hit in late August by Tropical Storm Isaac, causing flooding and further loss of life. Before people had completely recovered, Haiti was hit by Hurricane Sandy, which hovered over the island and saturated the entire West and South regions with heavy rains for several days. Rivers swallowed homes and gardens, while flooding and mudslides destroyed food crops, roads and bridges. Just last weekend, heavy rains drenched northern Haiti and the second largest city, Cap-Haitien. The total count of people officially killed by these storms is now more than seventy-five.

Join us for a screening of the Film: Baseball in The Time of Cholera by David Darg & Bryn Mooser. Description from official trailer site: A powerful insight into the tragedy of Haiti's Cholera Epidemic through the eyes of a young baseball player. As the Cholera epidemic rages in Haiti, the UN still denies responsibility for introducing the disease despite glaring evidence. This is the story of Joseph, a young baseball player, and a Haitian Lawyer fighting for compensation for the victims. As the epidemic spreads, the two stories intersect in the struggle for survival and justice. (Source: http://vimeo.com/37219100)

We will then have a discussion of the ongoing crises on the ground, inlcuding an update on the lawsuit against the UN and action that is being taken to solve the housing crisis.

Attorney Nicole Phillips from the Institute of Justice and Democracy and

Alex Main from the Center for Economic and Policy Research will appear via Skype, and

Melinda Miles, Director of TransAfrica's Let Haiti Live project will be at the Cabral/Truth Circle to discuss the situation in Haiti today.

 

The Cabral/Truth Circle is a combination of a great film festival and an exciting book club that focuses on the history and political movements of Africa and the African Diaspora. The Circle, named after Amilcar Cabral and Sojourner Truth, focuses on the history and political movements of Africa and the African Diaspora through a film screening and highlighting of a complementary book.  Every other month, TransAfrica shows a short documentary and hosts a discussion linking history and current affairs, and encouraging individual and collective activism. 

The venue is Busboys and Poets, one of the most exciting establishments in the Washington area. Busboys and Poets is a restaurant, bookstore and gathering place for people who believe that social justice and peace are attainable goals. Admission is free, but space is limited. We encourage you to have dinner with us and change the world.

 

For more information: 202.223.1960 ext. 137 or email info@transafrica.org.