Posts tagged ‘new america media’

April 13, 2010

It’s the land, stupid

UN/DPI Photo by Eskinder Debebe

If you owned land would you want refugees living there? Rent-free? Indefinitely?  Folks don’t even want their own family shacking up on their property much less strangers.

Land, was the answer that the aid worker who recently returned from Haiti gave when I asked him what was the most critical issue for Haiti in the next year. Want a home? Whose land are you going to use? Want a job? Whose land are you going to work on? Want a school? Whose land are you going to build on? Want a clinic? And so on.

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April 8, 2010

Haitian-American Media Become the Eyes and Ears of Haiti

From time to time I’ll re-post relevant articles. Usually, they won’t come from mainstream media; I figure, they don’t need my help with distribution.  This March article is from New America Media, a California-based media aggregator of immigrant news.  Sir Garry Pierre-Pierre of the Haitian Times is featured (I call him, sir, you don’t have to; that’s his pic on the right), as is Yves Dayiti of DC’s Konbit Lakay and Tamara Philippeaux, owner of Miami-based Island Television.

“As mainstream media coverage of the January 12 earthquake in Haiti declines, Pont-du-Jour is one of several Haitian media owners, publishers, and radio hosts in the United States who is feeling his role more acutely. According to a recent New America Media poll of Haitian Americans, more than 90 percent of respondents said they have been following the events closely through the media. Three out of five lost someone in the disaster. “

Read the rest on New America Media.