There is a Haitian grassroots media organization that is providing excellent reporting on the epidemic and its root cause, but it has few outlets and little publicity.
Rather than relying on parachuting American reporters or the nation’s own mainstream media, they’ve launched a crowd-sourced, investigative reporting project to uncover whether aid is actually helping people: Haiti Grassroots Watch.
Ayiti Kale Je — “Haiti Eyes Peeled” in Haitian Creole — consists of a partnership that includes Groupe Medialternatif/Alterpresse, the Society for the Animation of Social Communication (SAKS), REFRAKA (a Creole acronym for Women’s Community Radio Network) and the Association of Haitian Community Media (AMEKA).
By producing text, audio and video content in Haitian Creole, French, English, and Spanish for audiences in Haiti, Ayiti Kale Je is able to shine a light on the issues that have not been directly addressed by aid organizations or mainstream media. In the case of the cholera epidemic, this means clean, potable water — a human right that has been neglected. Water purification tablets, if they are available, are not the solution. CONTINUE ARTICLE