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Richard Pierrin

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About Richard
Richard Pierrin is an independent photojournalist, trained by Foundry Photojournalism Workshop, Freelancer for Agence France Presse (AFP) since 2021 in Haiti.

Richard Pierrin’s photos have already been published in various media around the world such as: Le Temps, Le Monde, The Guardian, El Pais, Liberation, Courrier international, Aften Posten Innsikt, Miami Herald and The New York Times…
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In Haiti, Gang Violence Foments Child Malnutrition Tragedy

06 Aug 2023  |  barrons.com
Gang violence in Haiti has led to a significant increase in child malnutrition, with a 30 percent rise in one year according to Unicef. The Fontaine hospital in Haiti, founded by Jose Ulysse, is treating children with severe malnutrition, with 40 to 50 children needing nutritional help daily, a number that has increased from a dozen a day four or five years ago. The violence has made it difficult for parents to work, shop, or provide care, and has been compounded by a resurgence of cholera. Unicef representative Bruno Maes highlighted the inability of parents to provide proper care due to the violence. The Fontaine clinic, which receives assistance from Unicef, continues to operate despite the pervasive fear of gang violence.

The 'tragedy' of Haiti must be an 'international priority', pleads the UN chief

01 Jul 2023  |  www.lequotidien.com
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, following a solidarity visit to Haiti, emphasized the urgency of making Haiti's plight a top priority for the international community. He highlighted the exhaustion of the Haitian people due to prolonged crises and unsustainable living conditions. Guterres called for the immediate deployment of a robust international security force, a request previously made by Prime Minister Ariel Henry but which has not been acted upon. He condemned widespread sexual violence by gangs and stressed the need for international solidarity and a return to democratic order. Nearly half of Haiti's population requires humanitarian assistance, including almost 3 million children. Guterres is set to attend the Caribbean Community (Caricom) summit in Trinidad and Tobago, where the Haitian situation will be discussed.

The 'tragedy' of Haiti must be an 'international priority', pleads the UN chief

01 Jul 2023  |  Le Droit
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, following a solidarity visit to Haiti, emphasized the urgency of making Haiti's plight a top priority for the international community. He met with Prime Minister Ariel Henry, political leaders, and civil society members, advocating for the immediate deployment of a robust international security force by the UN Security Council. Guterres highlighted the widespread sexual violence used by gangs and the dire humanitarian needs of over 5.2 million people. He also called for a return to democratic order and credible elections, noting the lack of elections since 2016 and questions surrounding Henry's legitimacy. Guterres is set to attend the Caricom summit in Trinidad and Tobago, where U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will also discuss Haitian issues.

Dominican Republic accused of racism and arbitrary arrests of Haitians

22 Dec 2022  |  ledroit.com
The Dominican Republic is facing accusations of racism and arbitrary arrests targeting black people, particularly Haitians, amidst a surge in expulsions of Haitian migrants. Photographer Josué Azor was arrested and detained without being allowed to show identification or make a call, an incident he describes as a 'hunt for Haitians.' The Dominican Republic has begun constructing a border wall and has significantly increased expulsions of Haitians, with over 56,300 removed between September and November, compared to 15,530 in the same period in 2021. The United Nations and the United States have criticized these actions, citing human rights concerns and the severe humanitarian crisis in Haiti. Dominican President Luis Abinader has called for international assistance for Haiti, while ultranationalist groups in the Dominican Republic continue to express hatred against black populations, including black Dominicans with colonial slave ancestry.

Gang clashes in the capital have left at least 89 dead in one week

13 Jul 2022  |  www.lapresse.ca
At least 89 people have been killed within a week due to gang clashes in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where fuel shortages and soaring prices are exacerbating, threatening crucial humanitarian aid. The National Human Rights Defense Network reported 89 deaths, 16 missing, and 74 injured by gunfire or bladed weapons. The violence is concentrated in Cité Soleil, the most impoverished and densely populated area, where two gang factions are fighting without police intervention due to lack of resources. Médecins sans Frontières is hindered in its operations but has treated an average of fifteen injuries per day. The gang violence disrupts the capital's activities, including the main petroleum terminal, leading to fuel scarcity and black market price surges. The situation has provoked protests and roadblocks, further complicating daily life and increasing the risk of kidnappings, which have been on the rise for over two years. Many Haitians are fleeing to the Dominican Republic or the USA, with over 1200 migrants returned to Haiti in June alone. The country faces severe inflation, expected to exceed 30% by year-end, and nearly half of Haiti's population suffers from food insecurity, with 1.3 million in an emergency humanitarian situation.

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