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Cuba Saves Lives in Haiti
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Cuba Saves Lives in Haiti

By Alejandra Garcia on August 22, 2021, from Havana

Cuban doctors helping quake victims in Haiti

Nature once again took its toll on Haiti. On August 14, the most impoverished country in Latin America registered a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that as of the latest count has left over 2,000 people dead and 10,000 injured.The catastrophe is only exceeded to the damage left on the Haitian people by the devastating earthquake that shook the nation in 2010.

The testimonies are heartbreaking. “I saw bodies being pulled out of the rubble,” told to the press Jean Marie Simon, 38, a resident of Les Cayes, one of the most affected cities in the southern part of the country.

“The streets were filled with people searching for their loved ones. I will not forget their looks of despair, the destroyed houses around me, the bodies of young people lying on the ground,” the head of an Episcopal church in that city, Abiade Lozam, added.

But Haiti has not been alone amid this misfortune. Two hundred and fifty-three Cuban health professionals, including doctors and nurses, had been deployed in the areas most damaged by the phenomenon since long before the earthquake.

Cuba has been supporting the Haitian people since 1998, after the impact of hurricanes Mitch and George. They saved lives after the 2010 earthquake, the cholera epidemic, the 2016 cyclone Mathew, the Covid-19 pandemic, and the recent tragedy.

“Today, as it happened after every disaster situation during these last 23 years, the priority is to work tirelessly and bring medical care to all the victims,” Cuba’s Foreign Affairs Minister Bruno Rodriguez tweeted.

Our professionals will remain in that Caribbean nation for as long as the Haitian people need them. They will continue to bring health to every corner of the country, he added.

In Anse a Veau, a community of over 34,000 inhabitants about 20 kilometers from the earthquake’s epicenter, many houses collapsed, and hundreds of people were injured. From there, five Cuban specialists are working day and night to save lives.

A few seconds after the community trembled, hundreds of inhabitants crowded outside the Cuban installations. Many of them were children or people with traumas and exposed fractures. Despite the experience of Cuban doctors in dealing with natural disasters, these were painful images.

The specialists told Prensa Latina that one of the most shocking cases they received was a woman who fell backward onto a steel bar in the middle of the tremor.

“I have never experienced such a traumatic incident. The lady came to us with the section of iron still piercing her body. We contained her bleeding, cannulated the vein, and got her to a nearby hospital for surgical care, but that’s all we could do,” nurse Aliosca Asencio lamented.

The island’s specialists serve in other cities far from the capital Port-au-Prince, including Jeremie, L’Asile, Aquin, Anse a Veau, Corail, and Port Salut, which are now amidst the constant aftershocks that are rocking the south of the country.

According to local news outlets, some doctors are still sleeping in tents, like some 130,000 families who lost everything during the second most intense earthquake the country has experienced in the past 11 years.

“Our solidarity with the noble Haitian people will be eternal. We are here in body and soul for them amid these hard times, and we will be here for as long as it takes,” Asencio said.

Source: Resumen Latinoamericano

Plane Used by Guaido’s Negotiating Team for Barbados Talks Also Carried Moïse’s Assassins – Report
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When news broke that Haitian President Jovenel Moïse had been killed by a hit squad, analysts quickly drew parallels to the 2020 “Bay of Piglets” attempt to kidnap Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro by hired mercenaries, and revelations by Haitian police that many of the accused men hailed from Colombia only hardened those suspicions.

According to a report by Venezuelan television network La Iguana, the same private jet used to transport some of the hit squad that killed Haitian President Jovenel Moïse earlier this month was also used to transport Venezuelan self-declared interim president Juan Guaido to negotiations.

The aircraft in question is a Cessna Citation Mustang four-seater small business jet with the tail number HI949. Back on May 15, 2020, when the aircraft took off from Maquietta, Venezuela, the aircraft tracking service AeroNoticiasVE noted on Twitter that the same aircraft had transported Guado’s team to Barbados in September 2019 for peace talks with representatives from the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who Guaido has attempted to overthrow.

​This aircraft, it was reported, also transported three alleged members of the commando unit that shot to death Moïse and injured his wife, Martine, early on the morning of July 7 in their home on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince. One of them was allegedly Christian Emmanuel Sanon, who Haitian National Police (PNH) have said was the mastermind behind the assassination plot.

The aircraft is owned by Helidosa, an airline in the Dominican Republic. CEO Alex Castillo said in a statement obtained by Haiti Libre that the three passengers “passed all the immigration controls in the airports by which they left and entered and that his company had no means of establishing that those who used his services had criminal ends,” according to the outlet.

 “We are not a security agency, or an investigative agency to be able to know it,” Castillo said. He revealed that his airline was also responsible for transporting Martine Moïse to Florida for treatment after the attack, as well as for transporting former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to Cuba last month for emergency COVID-19 treatment. He noted the company has 15 planes and 24 helicopters.

However, this isn’t the first connection between the assassination plot and the Venezuelan opposition: Venezuelan National Assembly Speaker Jorge Rodriguez said last week that CTU Security, the mercenary group allegedly contracted for the hit job, was also behind the 2018 attempt to assassinate Maduro with exploding drones during a speech. He added that it was also connected to the 2020 attempt by Silvercorp mercenaries from the US to kidnap Maduro, which was paid for by Guaido’s US-backed ersatz government.

The PNH says they have arrested 20 men connected to the assassination plot, 18 of whom are Colombian and two of whom are Americans. Many of the Colombians have been confirmed to be former military personnel, some of whom received training from the US military as part of their service, while one of the Americans was a former informant for the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), a federal police agency that also works extensively in Colombia.

On Monday, Claude Joseph, the former acting prime minister who was nonetheless recognized as the de facto leader of Haiti by the United Nations and the US after Moïse’s killing, announced he would step aside in favor of Ariel Henry, who Moïse appointed to replace Joseph just a day before the assassination. Thus, the new government will have a prime minister, but no president until the elections scheduled for later this year.

While in power, Joseph appealed to the US and UN for troops to defend the country’s vital infrastructure, but so far those requests have been denied, in part because of their lack of specificity. However, the US has sent some federal police officials to evaluate how the US can help the investigation.

For months before Moïse’s death, millions of Haitians had been protesting in the streets in spite of deadly police and gang violence, demanding that Moïse step aside in line with a Superior Court ruling that his presidential term had expired. Moïse had ruled by decree since early 2020 after allowing most of parliament’s terms to expire without calling new elections and had planned a new constitutional referendum that critics said aimed to cement his hold on power. Despite this, the US and Organization of American States Core Group continued in their support for Moïse.

A Tale of Two Countries
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Haitian President Jovenel Moise was shot dead by unidentified attackers at his private residence overnight in an “inhuman and barbaric act,” Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph said on Wednesday.
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‘Alleged assassins’ of Haitian president arrested, says official
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Haiti’s communications secretary has said that the “alleged assassins” of President Jovenel Moise were arrested and in custody less than 24 hours after gunmen killed the leader of the Caribbean nation in an overnight attack.

Moise was shot dead by unidentified attackers at his private residence in an “inhuman and barbaric act,” Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph said on Wednesday.

Moise’s wife was injured and was receiving medical care, Joseph said in a statement.

“The president was assassinated at his home by foreigners who spoke English and Spanish,” he said.

Joseph added he was now in charge of the country and he urged the public to remain calm.

“All measures are being taken to guarantee the continuity of the state and to protect the nation,” Joseph said.

Jovenel Moise addresses the media next to his wife Martine after winning the 2016 presidential election, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, November 28, 2016. /Reuters

Joseph said the police and army had the security situation under control though gunfire could be heard throughout the crime-ridden capital of 1 million people after the attack.

Hours later, he declared a “state of siege,” which grants the executive additional powers.

The U.S. Embassy said in a statement it would be closed on Wednesday due to the “ongoing security situation.”

The attack occurred amid a rising wave of politically linked violence in the impoverished Caribbean nation. With Haiti politically divided, and facing a growing humanitarian crisis and shortages of food, there are fears of widespread disorder.

A street market in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, June 5, 2021. /CFP

Moise had been ruling Haiti by decree, after legislative elections due in 2018 were delayed in the wake of disputes, including on when his own term ends.

Moise faced steep opposition from swathes of the population that deemed his mandate illegitimate, and he churned through a series of seven prime ministers in four year. Most recently, Joseph was supposed to be replaced this week after only three months in the post. In addition to presidential, legislative and local elections, Haiti was due to have a constitutional referendum in September after it was twice postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Kidnappings for ransom have also surged in recent months, further reflecting the growing influence of armed gangs in the country. Haiti also faces chronic poverty and recurrent natural disasters.

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The government of the Dominican Republic on Wednesday ordered the “immediate closure” of its border with Haiti after the assassination. The border closure was effective immediately, the communications officer of the defense ministry, Ceinett Sanchez, told AFP.

The UN Security Council expressed its shock Wednesday over the assassination of Haiti’s president.

“Council members say they are deeply shocked by the assassination of President Moise earlier in the day… and are concerned about the fate of the First Lady, Martine Moise, who was also shot and wounded in the attack,” France’s UN ambassador, Nicolas de Riviere said.

“It’s a horrific crime,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said. The Biden administration was still gathering information, she said.

Colombian President Ivan Duque called on the Organization of American States to send an urgent mission to Haiti to protect democracy.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called it “an abhorrent act.”

Argentina’s Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the assassination of Moise, reffirmed its solidarity with Haiti, and expressed its rejection of the use of violence.

Bolivia’s President Luis Arce said: “We condemn these acts of violence…our condolences to the Haitian people.”

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell warned the assassination could further destabilize the Caribbean nation.

(With input from Reuters, AFP)