WBEZ | Haiti http://www.wbez.org/tags/haiti Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The U.N. and Haiti's cholera epidemic http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-07-16/un-and-haitis-cholera-epidemic-110504 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP552479940712.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Although the earthquake in Haiti happened almost five years ago, the country, which is one of the most impoverished in the Americas, continues to feel the after-effects, including the spread of cholera. We&#39;ll find out about a lawsuit which hopes to hold the U.N. accountable.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-violence-against-women-in-haiti/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-violence-against-women-in-haiti.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-violence-against-women-in-haiti" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: The U.N. and Haiti's cholera epidemic" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-07-16/un-and-haitis-cholera-epidemic-110504 Protests continue in Venezuela http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-02-24/protests-continue-venezuela-109757 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/(AP PhotoRodrigo Abd)_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Opposition forces took to the streets again today in Venezuela.Reuters reports that at least 12 people have died in violence related to the ongoing protests. We&#39;ll take a look at what&#39;s behind the recent unrest.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-protests-continue-in-venezuela/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-protests-continue-in-venezuela.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-protests-continue-in-venezuela" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Protests continue in Venezuela" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:52:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-02-24/protests-continue-venezuela-109757 Egyptian politics, Iraq Veterans Against the War and a Pakistani jail break http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-01/egyptian-politics-iraq-veterans-against-war-and-pakistani-jail-break <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP090504016818.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Cherif Bassiouni weighs in on conflict in Egypt. Former Iraq veterans are gathering in Chicago this week to discuss the future of U.S. militarism. The Pakistani legislature has elected a new president. Renata Sago fills us in on new investment happening in Haiti.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F103599005&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-iraq-veterans-against-the-war.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-iraq-veterans-against-the-war" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Egyptian politics, Iraq Veterans Against the War and a Pakistani jail break" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 12:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-01/egyptian-politics-iraq-veterans-against-war-and-pakistani-jail-break Global Activism: Breadfruit Trees are the 'Trees That Feed' http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-breadfruit-trees-are-trees-feed-108033 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/TREES THAT FEED PHOTO.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F100652495&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>As a child growing up in Jamaica, Mary McLaughlin was struck by all of the food the breadfruit trees around her produced. Decades later, she&#39;s on a mission to improve food security and help the environment by making the tree more available in Jamaica, Haiti, Costa Rica and Ghana. For this week&#39;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism">Global Activism</a> segment, The Winnetka-based chairman and founder of the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/treesthatfeed">Trees that Feed Foundation</a> joins us to explain the various benefits of breadfruit trees.</p></p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 15:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-breadfruit-trees-are-trees-feed-108033 Global Activism: Bright Hope International gives aid and comfort to the extreme poor http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-bright-hope-international-gives-aid-and-comfort-extreme-poor <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/BH_Haiti_fixed_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F86395084&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><em><strong>Join Worldview on Saturday, 4/6/13 for WBEZ&#39;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/air-events-6th-annual-global-activism-expo-102172">6th Annual Global Activism Expo</a>, hosted by the UIC Social Justice Initiative.</strong></em></p><p><a href="http://www.brighthope.org/">Bright Hope International</a> helps faith communities provide aid and assistance to the extreme poor in some of the world&rsquo;s most devastated countries. The group aligns many of its programs with the UN Millennium Development Goals. Some of Bright Hope&#39;s primary goals are in: extreme poverty and hunger eradication; universal primary education; combating infectious disease and promoting environmental sustainability - all this with a focus on gender equality, reducing child mortality and improving maternal health. Bright Hope recently started a program to rescue girls from the sex trade in northern India.</p><p>We&rsquo;ll talk with Bright Hope&#39;s CEO and president, C.H. Dyer about the group&#39;s work. Dyer has encountered a number of memorable people in his travels:</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">Justine Nkandu is a single mother of six from the rural area of Samfya, Zambia. She is thriving after being given the opportunity of a microloan through Bright Hope in 2009. From three years on the program, Justine increased production of beans by 300%. Last year, she harvested 84 gallons of peanuts and used the profits from her farming business to build a house and iron sheets for her roof. &ldquo;My vision is to save money for my children&rsquo;s education before they reach high school, and to maintain food security for my family,&rdquo; she said.</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">Justine now feels that she has made enough capital to stand on her own and has requested that the leadership from her church allow her to step aside from the microloan program so that others may benefit. &ldquo;My family no longer worries about where our next meal will come from. We are not poor anymore. Now we can bless others. I thank the Lord for giving me knowledge and wisdom to make me reach this far in sustaining my livelihood and my family,&rdquo; she said. Justine is expecting to double her harvest of peanuts, cassava, and maize this year.</p></p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 07:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-bright-hope-international-gives-aid-and-comfort-extreme-poor Worldview: Fiscal Cliff, Mexico's president and the music of Haiti http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2012-12-05/worldview-fiscal-cliff-mexicos-president-and-music-haiti-104203 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Worldview_CMS_tile_1200x900_0.png" alt="" /><p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-12-05-12.js"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-12-05-12" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview 12.05.12" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 11:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2012-12-05/worldview-fiscal-cliff-mexicos-president-and-music-haiti-104203 Chicago activist gives globally, despite personal loss http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/chicago-activist-gives-globally-despite-personal-loss-99835 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Mona%20in%20Haiti%20fix.jpg" style="height: 402px; width: 300px; float: left;" title="Share Your Soles founder Mona Purdy in Haiti. (Courtesy of Share Your Soles)" /></div><p>Mona Purdy lost everything in a <a href="http://www.wgntv.com/news/wgntv-share-your-soles-feb1,0,2143196.story">home fire</a> four months ago. But the tragedy hasn&#39;t stopped her charitable work.</p><p>Purdy is founder and executive director of <a href="http://www.shareyoursoles.org/">Share Your Soles</a>, a group that provides shoes to people throught the developing world. She says her group has provided over 1.25 million pairs of shoes in the last 12 years. She&#39;s also one of <em>Worldview&rsquo;s</em> long-time global activists.</p><p>I spoke to Purdy just days after she became homeless. But Purdy wasn&#39;t focused on the catastrophe she had just lived through. Instead, she was obsessed with getting back to Haiti.</p><p>Purdy told me during that phone call how she&#39;d met people all over the world who had lost absolutely everything due to war or natural disasters. She said she saw the same empty, hollow look in their eyes. After losing so much herself, Pudy said she had gotten a small, bitter taste of what life was like for them. She concluded that, in spite of her loss, she still had nothing to complain about.</p><p>Since the fire, Purdy has been to Haiti twice. I heard from her today, and she reiterated why she continues her work:</p><p><em>I am asked repeatedly why I go to Haiti. [The answer is] the faces of these beautiful children, who are so innocent of the cruelties done to them. I return because of the need [and] because I know our returning assures them of trust </em><em>&ndash;</em><em> that no matter what happens, we will keep on trying. </em></p><p><em>I know we make a difference. Ask those who have gotten shoes; then ask those who know they will.</em></p><p>Purdy faces obstacels in her work beyond her recent personal loss. Share Your Soles will soon <a href="http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/12402833-418/share-your-soles-seeking-new-home.html">lose their warehouse facility,</a> which they use to store and clean donated shoes.</p><p><a href="http://www.shareyoursoles.org/contact">You can contact</a> Share Your Soles to learn more about their current situation, and hear Purdy describe her work when she stops by Wednesday to update us on conditions on the ground in Haiti. In the meantime, check out this video &ndash; the first in a series Purdy&#39;s group will produce &ndash; about the group&#39;s work in Haiti:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><object style="height: 390px; width: 640px;"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/ybWLgohxfow?version=3&amp;feature=player_detailpage" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/ybWLgohxfow?version=3&amp;feature=player_detailpage" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="640"></embed></object></p></p> Wed, 06 Jun 2012 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/chicago-activist-gives-globally-despite-personal-loss-99835 Worldview 2.9.12 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-02-09 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2012-february/2012-02-09/drones1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>According to a new report by the <a href="http://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/" target="_blank">Bureau of Investigative Journalism</a>, the CIA’s drone campaign targeting suspected militants in Pakistan has killed dozens of civilians who went to rescue victims or as they attended funerals. The report says that since President Obama took office, as many as 535 civilians have been killed, including more than 60 children. <em>Worldview</em> talks to Chris Woods, who helped compile the report. Also, <a href="http://www.justhaiti.org/" target="_blank">Just Haiti</a> brings organic, high-quality coffee from Baradéres, Haiti to North American consumers. Founder Kim Lamberty tells <em>Worldview</em> how the organization got started.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 09 Feb 2012 15:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-02-09 Haiti two years after the earthquake http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-26/haiti-two-years-after-earthquake-95854 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-26/haiti2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Two years ago this month, Haiti was hit by an earthquake that the United Nations called &ldquo;the largest urban disaster in modern history.&rdquo;</p><p>Since then, the U.N. estimates that more than two billion dollars in aid has gone into the country. But despite the money, efforts to rebuild have been painfully slow.</p><p>Haitian economist <a href="http://snl.depaul.edu/People/Faculty/lcomeau.asp" target="_blank">Ludovic Comeau</a> helps <em>Worldview</em> take stock of the complicated process of rebuilding Haiti. Ludovic is a professor of economics at DePaul University and the president of <a href="http://www.haiti-grahn.net/public/?lang=en" target="_blank">GRAHN-USA</a>, a think tank dedicated to rebuilding the Caribbean nation.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-left: 1in;">&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-left: 1in;">&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 16:58:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-26/haiti-two-years-after-earthquake-95854 Global Activism: Chicago doctor brings eye care to Haiti http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-26/global-activism-chicago-doctor-brings-eye-care-haiti-95853 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-26/Dr.Olivier with ruined building near her original home in 2010.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On today's <a href="http://wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_blank"><em>Global Activism</em></a>, we hear from a Haitian American doctor who's trying to change the way eye care is delivered in Haiti. The Caribbean country is still reeling -- politically, economically and emotionally -- from the earthquake that took place in Port au Prince two years ago this month.</p><p>Haiti has only 45 trained ophthalmologists in the entire country, making it hard for people to get any quality eye care. A member of the American Academy of Opthalmology's <a href="http://www.aao.org/haiti/task-force.cfm" target="_blank">Haiti Task Force</a>, <a href="http://rosalindfranklin.edu/dnn/chicagomedicalschool/home/cms/ophthalmology/faculty.aspx" target="_blank">Dr. Mildred Olivier</a> has been seeing patients in Haiti for the past 20 years ago. When she's not in Haiti, she teaches at the Rosalind Franklin Medical School in Chicago.</p><p>Dr. Olivier tells <em>Worldview</em> about her bold plans to build eye care clinics in all nine departments of Haiti.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>To hear more stories of people making a difference, check out the Global Activism <a href="http://wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_blank">page</a>, where you can also suggest a person or organization for the series. Or, email your suggestions to <a href="mailto:worldview@wbez.org">worldview@wbez.org</a> and put “Global Activism” in the subject line. Also, don't forget to subscribe to the <a href="http://%20wbez.org/podcasts" target="_blank">podcast</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 16:55:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-26/global-activism-chicago-doctor-brings-eye-care-haiti-95853