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After the Rubberneckers: How to Stay Up to Date on Haiti

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Thirteen days after the country was hit by a powerful earthquake that has devastated the country, Haiti is already beginning to slip down the news agenda. From being the lead item all of last week, news outlets are now reporting other items, from local politics to celebrity news, ahead of the plight of the Caribbean island. With the world’s attention is drawn to events closer to home, the situation in Haiti is in danger of slipping off the radar entirely, as special correspondents are recalled to their bases begin searching for the next big story.

Those of us who have an interest in how one goes about virtually rebuilding a country from scratch, or who wonder what sort of progress will be made might catch the occasional update on an obscure channel or website. We might check in with the aid organisations we know are working in the country to see what they are up to. The majority of news organisations, sadly, will move on, and will probably restrict their follow-up pieces to the end of the year, or the first anniversary of the earthquake.

There are, however, outlets where the primary focus has always been on Haiti and her people, and they will continue be be sources of news and information once the jet-setting reporters and their camera teams have packed up and left. If you want to be kept in the loop, you can check out some of the following websites.

HaitiAnalysis: news and editorial. Seems to update fairly regularly
UHHP: the United Haitians Home Page.  News and analysis
Reuters AlertNet: also has a section dedicated to the 2010 earthquake news headlines and articles

United Nations Development Programme: information and updates about what the UN is doing on the ground
Oxfam: information about the organisation’s work in Haiti
ReleifWeb: updates on the latest efforts

Haiti KONPAY: distributes emergency assistance to human rights and women’s organisations
Global Voices Online: articles and commentary from a variety of contributors
Michel Deibert: author and journalist living and and working in Haiti

This is a far from exhaustive list, and there are probably thousands of websites out there that I could also be linking to, but it’s a start. If you have any resources where people can continue to get news from Haiti once it is no longer a lead story, feel free to link to them in the comments.

[Image by UNDP]


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