No closer to knowing; We remember Jovenel Moïse One Year since July 7 2021 Assassination
By Dana Malcolm
#Haiti, July 15, 2022 – As we marked a year since the death of former Haitian President Jovenel Moïse on Wednesday July 7 the Caribbean republic’s story remains practically invisible to the world.
On June 7, 2021, Haiti was thrust into turmoil when news broke that the President had been killed and It has been a difficult year for the Caribbean nation. While the government prepares to honor Moïse in a two day ceremony, that ceremony will take place without the addition of his family as his wife, Martine Moïse, who was also injured in the assassination, still at odds with new Prime Minister Ariel Henry, has rejected their invitations.
The rejection is only one symptom of deeper fissures in the country.
Several persons have been arrested but none have admitted to the murder and the question of why still echoes throughout Haiti unanswered.
Martine told the New York Times someone powerful financed the attack. Someone with enough money to pay off the 30 to 50 guards that normally protected her husband.
“Only the oligarchs and the system could kill him,” she said.
The world is no closer to a concrete answer but what is clear is that since the assassination gangs have become much more powerful than before, outgunning the police according to officials. School dropout and unemployment rates are at a new high, kidnappings abound and three times more of Haitians than usual are putting their lives at risk to leave the country on overcrowded fast boats.
Despite all this the situation has taken a backseat to humanitarian crises in other areas of the world. The stories carried internationally are harrowing ones, of kidnapping and murder. The lopsided coverage leaves the international audience largely unaware of the very real humanitarian crises spreading across the country in waves.
Stories centering Haitians and their experiences are few and far between. In order for Haiti to get the help it needs this must be corrected.
CARICOM had indicated that more aid would be provided to Haiti in its most recent Intersessional Meeting and Canada and the US have led aid efforts to the Caribbean country donating almost $70 million this year for rebuilding efforts after the earthquake in 2021.
Still despite the monetary assistance the problems persist.
The power vacuum created by the Moïse assassination remains unchecked and suspect.
The UN which pulled its Peacekeeping operatives out of Haiti in 2019 amidst scandals about disease and sexual abuse, now says healthcare and education are suffering.
It is clear, while Haitian people are not running from bombs and air raids, they are trying to eke out some semblance of a decent life and at worst, escape death and torture.
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Bahamas Golden Jubilee Events Announced, Celebrations Across 33 Islands & Cays
#TheBahamas, March 27, 2023 – As the 50th anniversary of our nation’s independence approaches, Bahamians everywhere are teeming with excitement and expectancy around the year-long celebrations set by The National Independence Secretariat.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister joined H.E Leslia Miller Brice, Chair of The National Independence Secretariat to unveil the Calendar of Events for the 50th Independence celebrations.
The calendar comprises a host of events, initiatives and recommendations for celebrations throughout all 33 islands of The Bahamas.
At this jubilant occasion the PM stated, “Celebrating independence is about acknowledging the greatness around us, the greatness within us, and the greatness ahead of us.
We are Bahamians. That identity is special.”
View the newly released calendar of events here:
JAMAICA: 12,362 Seniors Registered Under New Social Pension Programme
#Kingston, March 28, 2023 – There are currently 12,362 seniors registered under the Government’s new Social Pension Programme.
Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Karl Samuda, made the disclosure during the sitting of the Standing Finance Committee of the House on March 2, at Gordon House.
The initiative targets all Jamaican citizens 75 years and older who are not currently in receipt of a pension (overseas or local) or any other retirement, old-age or disability benefit or regular income, and are not living in a government institutionalised care facility.
“We are evaluating the manner in which we qualify persons to go on the programme. This is a discussion we will have to have, as some people fall through the cracks simply because they might have a refrigerator, or they might be lucky enough to have a television at home,” Mr. Samuda said.
“The direction in which we are heading, to have those things, does not move you from poverty to prosperity. So, the Government has an obligation to do everything possible to improve their quality of life, and so we will be looking at that,” the Minister added.
Mr. Samuda said between March 2022 and January 2023, the programme disbursed $446 million.
To register for the social pension programme, persons may visit any of the Ministry’s parish offices islandwide.
They will be required to complete a social pension application form, accompanied by their Tax Registration Number (TRN), National Insurance Scheme (NIS) card, and proof of age in the form of a birth certificate or a valid passport.
They should also take along a valid identification (ID), such as a driver’s licence, passport or voter’s ID, proof of bank account and any other document that may be required to process the application, for example, proof of citizenship.
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