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E-Day: Fraud, Riots and Calls for Annulment


Trip Leader Dave Fils-Aimé films the riots in lower Port-au-Prince, led by Wyclef Jean and Michel Martelly. Wyclef is a was former band member of The Fuguees, and an aspirant to the Presidency of Haiti until the Conseil Electoral Provisionnel … Continue reading

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Haitians Face Elections Dissatisfied with their Government and Uncomfortable with Foreign Presence


The elections today… civic rebuilding or political earthquake?  Find out in Trip Leader Alexandra van Nievelt’s article in Chilean newspaper, El Mercurio.  And expect another about the actual E-Day  on Monday! A translated excerpt: Many see the elections as another … Continue reading

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Alleged Election Fraud in Cite Soleil


Despite our extensive research and awareness of Haiti’s instability, corruption, and overall troubling political climate, little could prepare us for our first-hand experience while monitoring the polling station in the notoriously gang-infested city, Cite Soleil. Continue reading

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Trip Mentioned in Chilean News


Our trip was mentioned in El Mercurio, one of the most important Chilean newspapers.  Chilean trip leader Alexandra van Nievelt is quoted on the anti-UN sentiment in Haiti.  Click here to read the full article. Pero las denuncias por el … Continue reading

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Yale Students at l’Université Notre Dame d’Haïti


Yesterday we met with Haitian college students from Quisqueya, CEDI, and the University of Notre Dame, at the latter’s campus.  The event was set up by the Cultural Affairs officers from the United States Embassy.  We had the opportunity to … Continue reading

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Haitians helping Haitians: sustainable change


In Haiti there is a lot of talk about NGOs, big organizations and “white people” helping Haiti, but today we visited a project set up and run entirely by Haitians, without any NGO money to help the country forwards. After … Continue reading

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Searching for truth in Haiti


We take it for granted that journalists tell the truth. It is a reporter’s job to go out into the world, dig into stories that other people do not know of, and share the finding with the rest of the … Continue reading

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A country of contrasts – Meeting the peacekeepers


From the crowded, dirty, chaotic streets of Port-au-Prince we drive into the clean, organized and safe UN base to meet with the senior country directors of UNDP (UN Development Program). They told us about the general current efforts of the … Continue reading

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All in one: Voodoo, Politics & Art


Today we visited the The Oloffson, a historic Haitian hotel, and spoke with its owner Richard Morse.  The hotel has been described as a type of tropical Gothic gingerbread mansion.  The hotel felt as if it came right out of … Continue reading

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Out of tents, into houses


Today was our first day of actually getting to meet and interview people and start gathering the base for our documentary.  Our first stop was at the over-air conditioned, gorgeously-constructed American embassy in Port-au-Prince, where we spoke with Pierre Antoine Louis, … Continue reading

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