Opposition supporters ransack Haitian parliament in government protest

Jeck Deocampo   •   September 4, 2019   •   1027

Politician tensions spilled over in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince on Tuesday (September 03), after opposition supporters reportedly ransacked offices in parliament to impede a session with lawmakers.

As tires burnt in the streets, opposition supporters and opposition lawmakers reportedly turned over tables and damaged property in a parliament building.

The incident comes after months of protests.

Haiti, the first nation to be formed by former slaves in 1804, is the poorest country in the Americas, its economic progress stunted by a long history of political instability, disastrous foreign interventions, and mismanagement. (REUTERS)

Death toll from 7.2 earthquake in Haiti soars to 1,400

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 17, 2021

Death toll from the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti on August 14 has reached 1,400.

In addition to the fatalities, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that as of Monday, the number of injured from the incident stands at 6,900 while hundreds more are still missing.

The organization also noted there is a lack of medical supplies and hospital spaces to tend to the injured.

“The dire health situation remains the most pressing concern, as several hospitals have been damaged or destroyed, while those still operating are completely overwhelmed, lacking sufficient personnel and medical supplies,” the OCHA said.

Haitian Civil Protection also reported that more than 37,300 homes have been destroyed and 46,000 have sustained damages, leaving thousands homeless. The agency said the numbers will continue to grow over the coming days and weeks, creating significant shelter and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) needs.

Search and rescue operations and relief operations continue. USAID deployed a 65-member search and rescue team and the Coordinating Unit (CU) of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) will provide operational assistance. AAC

Death toll reaches over 1,200 after 7.2 magnitude earthquake hits Haiti

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 16, 2021

Death toll in Haiti has reached 1,297 and more than 5,700 injured after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked Caribbean island nation on Saturday (August 14).

Haiti’s prime minister Ariel Henry, declared a month-long state of emergency while search and rescue operations are underway for survivors.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake occurred 78 miles (125 km) west of the capital city of Port-au-Prince at a depth of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers). USGS scientists expect that this event will trigger aftershocks, but these will decrease in frequency over time.

Meanwhile, United Nations (UN) Secretary General António Guterres extends its condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Haiti.

“The United Nations, together with the humanitarian community in Haiti, is supporting the Government’s efforts to assist those affected by the earthquake and stands ready to provide further backing to the response,” according to Guterres’ spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric. AAC

At least 8 killed in Myanmar during protest against military coup

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 3, 2021

At least eight people were killed during another protest against the military coup in Myanmar, a news agency reported.

Myanmar Now, an independent news service, reported that the junta’s security forces shot and killed at least eight people during some protests on Sunday (May 2).

Communities in Myanmar launched coordinated demonstrations which organizers called “the global Myanmar spring revolution.”

The armed forces of the military have arrested and fired rubber bullets, live ammunition, and grenades at civilians in order to stop the said protests.

One person was killed and at least 20 were injured in the jade-rich town of Hpakant, Kachin State. Three people were killed in the central town of Wetlet.  Meanwhile, two were killed in different towns in Shan State.

It was three months since the military took over the authority from the elected government. Thousands of residents have already been displaced and thousands were killed, according to an estimate of the United Nations. -AAC

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