Haitian earthquake survivors are asking people to support grassroots organisations

Support us and go ad-freeHeavy rain from Storm Grace has drenched Haiti after an earthquake devastated the nation. The earthquake killed over 2,000 people, and injured more than 12,000. The tropical storm hindered urgent attempts to find shelter and survivors. It has also caused further damage to the nation’s compromised infrastructure. People with Haitian ties are urging those looking to support disaster relief to avoid large NGOs, and instead contribute to grassroots organisations that are creating resilience on the ground. A history of disasters Tropical Storm Grace deluged Haiti with heavy rains while people were searching for survivors and safety in the wake of a 7.2 magnitude earthquake. The…

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Damaged Hospitals in Haiti Struggle to Help Earthquake Survivors as Death Toll Tops 1,400

We get an update from Les Cayes, Haiti, not far from the epicenter of Saturday’s earthquake, as Tropical Storm Grace drenched parts of the country and the death toll has now climbed to more than 1,400, with nearly 7,000 suffering from injuries amid overwhelmed hospitals. The impact from the latest earthquake is “just as great” as the devastation from the 2010 earthquake, says Jacqueline Charles, Haiti and Caribbean correspondent for the Miami Herald. “Haitians are not sitting around and waiting for international aid. They’re not waiting for their national community to come and rescue them,” Charles says, noting the presence of many makeshift hospitals despite medical supply shortages.…

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Four years later and Grenfell Tower survivors are still being ‘denied justice’

A survivor of the Grenfell Tower tragedy has said ex-residents are still being “denied swift justice” four years on from the catastrophic fire. Tiago Alves, his father, mother and younger sister all escaped from their home in Flat 105 on the 13th floor in the early stages of the deadly blaze on June 14, 2017. On the night of the fire, his parents, returning home after dropping off visiting family at their hotel, became aware of smoke on the fourth floor. “It could have been me” Alves’s father woke his sleeping children and alerted other residents on their floor to get out of the building that would eventually…

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Hackney Council rejects petition from charity supporting Black domestic abuse survivors

On 27 January, Hackney council held a debate to discuss the future of Sistah Space. It’s a charity that works with Black women and girls who’re at risk of, or have experienced, domestic or sexual abuse. Most councillors voted against the charity’s request for the council to provide suitable, affordable premises. Save Sistah Space Sistah Space founder Ngozi Fulani brought a petition to a remote Hackney council meeting, asking councillors to provide suitable premises for the charity. The petition is supported by Hackney’s Green Party, Liberal Democrats, and Women’s Equality Party. And it calls for the council to provide a minimum five year lease for new premises, or provide a…

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Holocaust survivors’ powerful testimony: We are not typical – most Jews died

Holocaust Memorial Day is marked on 27 January. And Holocaust survivors have reflected on their memories of one of the most gruesome chapters of the 20th century, as people across the country prepare to pause and remember those killed in the genocide.Retired medical doctor Martin Stern, 82, said his story as a Jewish boy who escaped with his life was “not typical”. Because so many were put to death at Nazi concentration camps during the Second World War.And he said his experience of surviving the Theresienstadt camp in the German-occupied former Czechoslovakia, before coming to England as a boy, meant he remains determined to do what he can…

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Survivors of fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region face threat of starvation

Starvation is threatening the survivors of more than two months of fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. Authorities say more than 4.5 million people there need emergency food.“The population is dying”The first humanitarian workers to arrive, after pleading with the Ethiopian government for access, describe weakened children dying from diarrhea, empty shops and refugees begging for something to eat. One new report says parts of Tigray are likely a step below famine.Mari Carmen Vinoles is the head of the emergency unit for Doctors Without Borders. She said “There is an extreme urgent need” to scale up the humanitarian response.“The population is dying every day as we speak,” she added.…

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“I Just Felt Like I Had No Control Over My Body”: Survivors of ICE Medical Abuse Speak Out

Dozens of immigrant women detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia have joined a class-action lawsuit against ICE over allegations they were subjected to nonconsensual and invasive gynecological procedures and surgeries that were later found to be unnecessary, and in some cases left them unable to have children. The lawsuit cites sworn testimony from at least 35 women about their treatment by Mahendra Amin, a physician in Ocilla, Georgia, and describes retaliation and threats of deportation for speaking out. “We have more than 40 women who filed sworn testimony in court despite consistent attempts by ICE to silence them,” says Azadeh…

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Devastating survey of rape survivors shows need for systemic change

Fewer than one in seven alleged rape victims feels confident they can obtain justice by reporting the matter to police, a survey has suggested.DisbeliefThe vast majority (95%) of those who decided against reporting the matter to police said they did not do so because of the fear of being disbelieved. The figures were based on nearly 500 women and men responding to a survey by the victims’ commissioner Vera Baird who said the results “reveal the extent of the crisis within our justice system”. The study is unlikely to allay current fears over the path to justice for victims following a sharp fall in rape prosecutions and convictions…

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“Belly of the Beast”: Survivors of Forced Sterilizations in California’s Prisons Fight for Justice

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! The Quarantine Report. I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González. The horrific exposure of forced hysterectomies at an ICE jail in Georgia has forced a reckoning with the U.S.’s long history of sterilizations — particularly of Black, Brown, poor and disabled people — and the way this procedure has continued in jails and prisons to the present day. We’ll go now to California, where a new documentary is bringing one of these disturbing stories to light. In 2001, Kelli Dillon was sterilized at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla. The…

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