Introduction to ‘Links’

Haiti in many ways is an exciting and vibrant place to live.  It is also a complex place–historically, politically and culturally.  It is our desire through what we share on this blog to give you a little insight into Haiti and the things that both fascinate and bewilder us.  In the end, if you come away with a little more knowledge of Haiti and a greater interest in this country, then we’ve succeeded.

There are many articles, bulletins, papers, and blogs that I came across about Haiti.  Often I have wanted to share these because some of them are interesting and informational but I wasn’t sure how to.  After some thought, I decided what better place than our blog?  So anytime there is a post beginning with ‘Links’ in the title, you know the post will be brief and simply include a couple different links to recent articles and the like about Haiti and development.  Happy reading and learning!

‘Pepe’ – Haiti based photographers Paolo Woods and Ben Depp explore, through photos, the world of second hand clothing (or ‘Pepe’ as they are commonly referred to in Haitian Creole) in Haiti.

Selling Haitian Coffee to American Hipsters – An interesting piece from Haiti based freelance writer Tate Watkins about the Haitian coffee industry.  In the late 1700s, when Haiti was still a French colony, Haiti grew half the world’s coffee.  Now Haitian coffee sent abroad accounts for only 2% of the coffee produced within the country.  This article explains why.

Haiti Humanitarian Bulletin for June (pdf) – A monthly bulletin from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs about the current humanitarian situation in Haiti.  For example, in June there were floods in three provinces in Haiti that affected 6,000 families.  Also included is information about cholera and food insecurity.  This may be a bit too dry for some, but it’s got a ton of good info.

When countries earned their independence, and celebrate it – This Daily Chart from The Economist  is interesting considering Americans just celebrated their independence.  Not many people know that Haiti was the second country in the Western Hemisphere to gain independence; right after the U.S.  Haiti has an incredibly rich and fascinating history.  You can see on this chart how Haiti lines up with other countries.


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