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  • grodgers@ohlone.edu
    Tony thanks for all this information. I will make sure we have copies available at our SACCFest. Please stay safe....george ... From: Anthony Balzano
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      Tony thanks for all this information. I will make sure we have copies available at our SACCFest. Please stay safe....george

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Anthony Balzano <abalzano@...>
      Date: Sunday, February 28, 2010 5:07 am
      Subject: [SACC-L] Haiti Update

      > Can someone PLEASE POST OR FORWARD to SACCFest-2010?
      > To: Colleagues and Friends
      > From: Tony Balzano
      > Re: Haiti
      > Date: February 22, 2010
      > My apologies for this impersonal response to your questions and
      > concerns about my fieldwork in Haiti. Now that commercial air
      > traffic has resumed I will be leaving for Haiti on March 1st and
      > plan on arriving in the Fond-des-Blancs valley on March 3rd.
      > I am as prepared as one can be to arrive in a country under rubble
      > and in mourning. The earthquake that destroyed Port-au-Prince on
      > January 12, 2010 did little structural damage in Fond-des-Blancs,
      > about seventy miles west southwest of the epicenter. The social
      > impact of the quake, however, has been profound. Relatives who
      > escaped the quake with their lives returned to Fond-des-Blancs,
      > some with severe injuries and all with nothing more than the
      > clothes on their back. The economic burdens of health care,
      > school fees, and feeding additional family members as the local
      > price of food rises precipitously are sorely testing traditional
      > adaptive processes of resource exchange. How peasant families are
      > coping with these burdens will be a major focus of my research.
      > Below are responses to the more commonly asked questions I have
      > received from colleagues and friends:
      > 1. Have you heard any news from Haiti?
      > I have been relying most heavily on two websites for information
      > about what is happening on the ground in Haiti: The OneResponse
      > and Haiti Vox sites.
      > OneResponse is a collaborative inter-agency website maintained
      > through a partnership of OCHA (United Nations Office for the
      > Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) and MicroSoft. It is
      > designed to enhance humanitarian coordination within the ?Cluster
      > Approach.? This site provides information to understand the
      > global nature of responding to a humanitarian crisis. Go to:
      > http://www.oneresponse.info/Disasters/Haiti/Pages/default.aspx
      > Haiti Vox is an excellent site for more holistic reportage on the
      > global response to Haiti's earthquake:
      > http://www.haitivox.com/
      > NGOs are funneling millions of donated dollars to Haiti. The
      > Relief Web site is used by tens of thousands of non-governmental
      > organizations, including those working in Haiti, to exchange
      > information. Go to:
      > http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/dbc.nsf/doc108?OpenForm&emid=EQ-2010-
      > 000009-HTI&rc=2
      > 2. Why is Haiti so poor? Why is the Haitian government so
      > unprepared?
      > An excellent primer on these issues can be found in the fifteen
      > short essays posted by the Social Science Research Council. They
      > can be used to start conversations about poverty and politics in
      > Haiti with students and community groups:
      > http://www.ssrc.org/features/view/haiti-now-and-next/
      > Widely cited works on the history of U.S. policy in Haiti include:
      > Paul Farmer (1994) THE USES OF HAITI. Common Courage Press.
      > Peter Hallward (2007) DAMNING THE FLOOD. Verso.
      > Robert & Nancy Heinl (1996) WRITTEN IN BLOOD. Univ. Press of America.
      > Randall Robinson (2007) AN UNBROKEN ?AGONY. Basic Civitas Books.
      > Michel-Rolph Trouillot (1990) HAITI STATE AGAINST NATION. Monthly
      > Review Press.
      > 3. Is it safe to return to Haiti?
      > People ask this for one or all of the following reasons: Geology,
      > Health, Personal Safety.
      > Geology:
      > Prof. Eric Calais? (Purdue) site has a great deal of seismic
      > information about the Enriquillo Fault. Go to the Manakar, et al
      > link to see the scholarly paper that predicted the earthquake:
      > http://web.ecs.purdue.edu/~ecalais/haiti/
      > Harvard maintains a site that includes up-to-date information on
      > damage to the infrastructure:
      > http://cegrp.cga.harvard.edu/haiti/?q=content/home
      > Health:
      > This Center for Disease Control link is for relief workers and
      > health care professionals (not anthropologists) traveling to
      > Haiti:
      > http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/content/news-announcements/relief-
      > workers-haiti.aspx
      > I am not a devotee of these recommendations but I am up-to-date on
      > tetanus and will be bringing along a broad-spectrum antibiotic and
      > Rx-strength paregoric.
      > Personal Safety:
      > There were an estimated 60,000+ non-military expatriates in Haiti
      > before the quake. There are at least that many there now and a
      > several thousand of them communicate via Corbett?s List about a
      > variety of issues including personal safety. Indeed, anyone with
      > research, business, avocational, or other professional interests
      > in Haiti would do well to subscribe to Corbett?s List. This can
      > be done by writing to Prof. Bob Corbett:
      > corbetre@...
      > 4. Will you have phone and Internet in Haiti?
      > I do not anticipate having Interest access in Fond-des-Blancs.
      > Cell phones do work most of the time in many locations in Fond-des-
      > Blancs. Please do not hesitate to call me if you have questions
      > about Haiti. I can be reached at the numbers listed at the end of
      > this memo. Be sure to check your service provider on fees you
      > will incur.
      > 5. How can I help?
      > I feel very comfortable passing on the recommendations of the
      > Haitian Studies Association to donate money to the Lambi Fund,
      > Partners In Health, and Fonkoze (Haiti?s Microfinance Bank for the
      > Poor). These three organizations are deeply embedded in Haitian
      > society and culture. They do not have expansive bureaucracies and
      > are found all across Haiti not just in the Port-au-Prince. Here
      > are there websites:
      > http://www.lambifund.org/
      > http://www.pih.org/where/Haiti/Haiti.html
      > http://www.fonkoze.org/
      > Thanks to those who offered donations for me to carry to Fond-des-
      > Blancs. However, I am not accepting donations until I can reach
      > agreements and make arrangements with peasant community leaders in
      > order to devised the easiest and most cost-effective way to
      > directly benefit local families and traditional cooperative work
      > groups.
      > Regards,
      > Anthony Balzano, PhD
      > Professor of Anthropology & Sociology
      > Chair, Dept. of Social Sciences & History
      > Sussex County (NJ) Community College
      > 1 College Hill Rd.
      > Newton, NJ 07860 (U.S.)
      > abalzano@...
      > obidog@...
      > SKYPE: anthonybalzano
      > VeriZon GSM Phone: 973-271-7680
      > Haiti Digicel Phone: 011-509-3777-3695
      > Haiti Digicel Phone: 011-509-3674-4166
      > P.S.:
      > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QGVRIj-rR8
      > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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