Water for Profit: Neocolonialism as Cannibalism
Dady Chery

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By Dady Chery Haiti Chery The notion of a colonist as cannibal in Haiti is widespread. This idea, called manje moun (eating people), could hardly qualify as superstition, given the experience of colonialism. It is daunting to find a better … Continue reading

Water for Profit: Haiti’s Thirsty Season
Dady Chery

Private industry and the public sector have joined together to establish the first-ever Global Handwashing Day event, raising awareness to the risk of disease this simple act can prevent.

By Dady Chery Haiti Chery There is no shortage of water in Haiti. Yet, everywhere on the island, Haitians travel for miles to get water, pay dearly for it if they can find it, and sometimes die on their journey … Continue reading

Sabotage Leaves Cap Haitien Without Municipal Water | Haïti-Eau potable : Rareté au Cap Haïtien, le système saboté

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By Wedlyne Jacques, AlterPresse | Translation by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. No water from the taps of Cap Haitien residents since early 2012. And they must walk several kilometers to reach a source of water. Some people report that they wake up as early as 2:00 to 5:00 am to queue for half a day to buy water that is not even fit for drinking. (English | French)

Privatization of Water: Benign as Lucifer

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By Richard Raznikov, The Rag Blog | Democracy Center, YouTube. About 20 years ago, it dawned on the bankers and some major corporations that if oil was a lucrative commodity, water would be even more so…. The trick was how to take it away from the people and sell it back to them. In Bolivia and Argentina, water companies such as Bechtel and Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux were sent packing. Elsewhere in the world, they, and their enforcers the IMF and World Bank, have bought off many local governments and imposed water privatization and widespread misery. Videos show creative solutions in Cochabamba, Bolivia for getting water under local control and accessible to the poor.

In Famatina, Water Is Worth Far More Than Gold | El agua vale más que el oro en Famatina | Famatina, onde a água vale mais do que o ouro

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By Marcela Valente, IPS | Periodismo Humano | TN Argentina | You Tube. Thousands in the northwest Argentina province of La Rioja are mobilizing to stop an open-cast gold mining project in the Nevados de Famatina, a snowy peak that is the semi-arid area’s sole source of drinking water. “We take turns [blocking the road to the mountain], and we’re going to hold our ground until the government and the company drop this project,” – Carina Diaz Moreno, teacher from Famatima. (English | Spanish | Portuguese | Includes music video)

Zimbabwe: 40 Water Bottling Companies BannedZimbabwe: 40 Water Bottling Companies BannedZimbabwe: 40 Water Bottling Companies Banned

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By Peter Matambanadzo, The Herald via All Africa. Out of 49 potential bottlers that submitted their water for testing and possible certification, only nine were advised that their water was suitable for bottling.

Drinking Water Discontinued from Haiti Camps for the DisplacedArrêt définitif de la distribution d’eau gratuite dans 17 camps d’ici fin novembre 2011

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By Staff, AlterPresse | Translated by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. DINEPA, Haiti’s office for the National Administration of Sanitation and Drinking Water announced that it will no longer distribute drinking water to 17 of the Port-au-Prince camps for the internally displaced. (English | French)By Staff, AlterPresse (French) | Translated by Dady Chery for Haiti Chery (English). DINEPA, Haiti’s office for the National Administration of Sanitation and Drinking Water announced that it will no longer distribute drinking water to 17 of the Port-au-Prince camps for the internally displaced.By Staff, AlterPresse (French) | Translated by Dady Chery for Haiti Chery (English). DINEPA, Haiti’s office for the National Administration of Sanitation and Drinking Water announced that it will no longer distribute drinking water to 17 of the Port-au-Prince camps for the internally displaced.

Rainwater Harvesting Ideal Source of Freshwater for Haiti

With no piped water, residents of Genus, St. Elizabeth depend on rainwater for domestic and agricultural purposes. Here, a woman harvests water from a tank into which rainwater is channeled from the roofs of two nearby buildings (photo: Ian Allen).

By Jose Pavero and others, In: Source Book of Alternative Technologies for Freshwater Augmentation in Latin America and the Caribbean. Rainwater harvesting is not used in Haiti, but over half a million people in the Caribbean get at least some of their water by this method. Rain-catchment systems are easy to build and operate and cost little to run.By Jose Pavero and others, In: Source Book of Alternative Technologies for Freshwater Augmentation in Latin America and the Caribbean. Rainwater harvesting is not used in Haiti, but over half a million people in the Caribbean get at least some of their water by this method. Rain-catchment systems are easy to build and operate and cost little to run.By Jose Pavero and others, In: Source Book of Alternative Technologies for Freshwater Augmentation in Latin America and the Caribbean. Rainwater harvesting is not used in Haiti, but over half a million people in the Caribbean get at least some of their water by this method. Rain-catchment systems are easy to build and operate and cost little to run.