The road to Cange for Haiti, hope still awaits its time.The road to Cange, like most roads in Haiti, isn't really a road. It's a strip of gravel and boulders, punctuated by deep potholes that stretch across its width. To the left is mountainside and to the right are buts, some topped with tin roofs and others with dried banana leaves, and beyond those and straight down lies a wide plain, which long ago ceased to produce anything nourishing nour·ish
tr.v. nour·ished, nour·ish·ing, nour·ish·es
1. To provide with food or other substances necessary for life and growth; feed.
2. . Apart from mango trees and a few shrubs, the landscape is desolate. The people who live in this central plateau area are among the poorest in Haiti, a country that is among the poorest in the world.
A few miles to the east lies a different country, lush, with an apparently thriving population. According to according to
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Extreme political, economic, and social instability characterize Haiti's history, from its early colonial days when slaves were brought in to work the sugar cane fields and coffee plantations slaves who after their successful revolt were forced to pay "reparations reparations, payments or other compensation offered as an indemnity for loss or damage. Although the term is used to cover payments made to Holocaust survivors and to Japanese Americans interned during World War II in so-called relocation camps (and used as well to " to their French slave-owners all the way to the present. Current news reports cite the "new" wave of violence surging in Portau-Prince slums and elsewhere--specifically the kidnappings of those considered ransom-worthy--but it isn't really new. Tactics may change, but the violence doesn't: Structural violence begets episodic episodic
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The United States took some positive action in 2004 in providing 8180 million to Haiti for civil conflict, flood, and hurricane relief, with $40 million for humanitarian assistance, according to the U.S. Agency for International Development. There are also bills pending that would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act Immigration and Nationality Act may refer to:
Please discuss this issue on the talk page and help summarize or split the content into subarticles of an article series. . Concrete steps, yes, but small in the face of Haiti's seemingly insurmountable challenges.
BUT ABOUT THREE hours' drive northeast of Portau-Prince, a distance of about 35 miles, the road to Cange rounds a bend and the walls of a hospital emerge from the foliage. Zanmi Lasante Zanmi Lasante is a sister organization to the Boston-based Partners In Health that operates out of Cange in central Haiti. It was built in 1985 to treat patients incapable of paying hospital fees. (Creole for Partners in Health) treats the poorest Haitians for free, and has for almost 20 years. Hundreds of people sit in the shaded courtyards and lie on the low stone walls lining the walks, waiting to be seen by clinic founder Dr. Paul Farmer Paul Farmer (born October 26, 1959) is an American anthropologist and physician, currently the Presley Professor of Medical Anthropology at Harvard University and an attending physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. and his colleagues.
Ifs a luxury to be seen by a doctor at all, let alone in such a comprehensive way. Patients who need to get to Cange for treatment are given transportation money to travel there and food to eat, so they can take their medicine. Community health workers trained by Zanmi Lasante journey around Haiti's central plateau to care for those too ill to travel, make sure patients take their medicine and have enough food, or arrange for homes to receive concrete floors.
The health center is a bright spot in a country that needs relief in every form, and it represents a strategy that is working in a country much of the world bas forgotten. "Even in situations that seem overwhelming, you try to focus on the individual patient," Dr. Farmer recently told a New York New York, state, United States
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Molly Marsh, an associate editor of Sojourners, recently visited Haiti.