From Guernica – The Pivot to Africa. The US [AFRICOM] claims it has a limited military presence in Africa with just one military base in Djibouti however when each small ‘footprints’ is counted, we see the whole is alarmingly expansive….
Evel Fanfan is a Haitian human rights lawyer and activist. He is the co-founder of AUMOHD [Action des UnitÃ©s MotivÃ©es pour une Haiti de Droits) or Action for Human Rights in Haiti founded in 2002. Despite constant intimidation of…
We know that in certain situations shit can kill and the poorer you are the more likely you could die of a shit related illness CHOLERA is a prime example, so shit is a poverty issue and a class issue. We know there are issues of privacy, access to â€˜toiletsâ€™ especially at night and sexual violence in unlit densely populated urban areas, so shit is also a gender issue. We know that some people risk physical violence or are refused entry into toilets such as a proposed ban in Arizona where transgender people would not have the rights to choose the toilet of their choice so shit is also a transgender issue. With shit playing such a prominent part in our lives, why is what happens to it so mysterious?
From MÃ©decins Sans FrontiÃ¨res (MSF) a report on the deplorable condition of cholera related healthcare in four departments in Haiti. Part of the problem is that increasingly over the past 18 months cholera has been downgraded to a ‘development’ issue rather than an emergency one. However as the report states there has been an increase in mortality rates of 4% in 2012. Another factor which has the potential to exacerbate the cholera situation is the reduction of DINEPA staff responsible for all aspects of monitoring water and sanitation in the ‘official’ camps.