November 1, 2015 |
Nixlot Dameus was 11 years old when he decided he had been bullied for the last time. After being chased, caught, and beaten in the streets of his Olney neighborhood, Dameus retreated home and decided that at least one life would end. "That night, I got home and said, 'That's it. I'm either going to end my life here or find a way to kill them and get my revenge,' " Dameus said. Instead, he gave birth to a new life. Dameus, now a 17-year-old senior at Del-Val Charter, won the World Physique Federation USA Teenage Mr. Universe bodybuilding competition earlier this month.
October 1, 2012 |
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Several thousand people poured into the streets of Haiti's capital on Sunday to protest the government of President Michel Martelly. It was among the biggest demonstrations this year in Port-au-Prince against the first-time leader as he tries to rebuild the impoverished nation following a powerful 2010 earthquake that displaced more than a million people and destroyed thousands of homes. Demonstrators' complaints included the high cost of living, rising food prices and allegations of corruption as they snaked through the poorer neighborhoods Port-au-Prince.
September 3, 2012
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Smarck Michel, 75, a businessman who served for almost a year as Haiti's prime minister after the United States restored President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to power in the mid-1990s, died Saturday, his son said. Kenneth Michel said his father had a brain tumor and died in the family home near Port-au-Prince. Mr. Michel was born March 29, 1937, in St. Marc, a port city north of the capital, and moved around the country during his childhood because his father was in the Haitian armed forces.
August 25, 2012 |
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Tropical Storm Isaac strengthened as it swirled toward Haiti on Friday, threatening to bring punishing rains to people still without homes after the 2010 earthquake but unlikely to gain enough steam to strike as a hurricane. Forecasters expected the storm to stay below hurricane force until it reached the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, and they shifted the projected track back eastward. It remained a threat to Tampa, Fla., where the Republican National Convention starts Monday.
August 25, 2012 |
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Tropical Storm Isaac churned toward the Dominican Republic and Haiti on Thursday, threatening to strengthen into a hurricane that could take a shot at Florida just as the Republicans gather for their national convention. The storm dumped heavy rain across eastern and southern Puerto Rico and whipped up waves as high as 10 feet in the Caribbean as it moved through the region. U.S. forecasters said Isaac could become a Category 1 hurricane Friday as it approaches the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
March 1, 2012 |
More than two years after one of the worst earthquakes in Haiti's history devastated the country's capital, families are still homeless, basic medical needs are not met, and finding safe drinking water remains a daily challenge. The 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck near Port-au-Prince spurred a global relief effort that some fear has fallen out of the public's consciousness. Maurine McFarlane, who visited Haiti days after the second anniversary of the Jan. 12 earthquake, was shocked by her first visit to Port-au-Prince.
January 15, 2012 |
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Days after the earthquake killed their young daughter and destroyed much of their house, Meristin Florival and his family pitched a makeshift tent on a hill in the Haitian capital and called it home. Two years later, they're still there, living without drains, running water, or electricity. A few miles away, Jean Rony Alexis has left the camp where he spent the months after the quake and moved into a shedlike shelter built on a concrete slab by the Red Cross.
March 23, 2010
I FIRST HEARD about the earthquake in Haiti when I was home in Naples, Fla., for the offseason, and I immediately wanted to help. Although I do not have any familial connections to Haiti, the photos and news articles flooding the TV were enough to grip my heart. Even before the earthquake, I knew my church in Naples was working with an organization in Haiti. So, when it happened, I contacted my pastor to see what I could do. The organization that my church, Summit Church, worked with was called Mission of Hope Haiti.
January 24, 2010 |
MIREBALAIS, Haiti - Luc Bouquet set foot in the United States for the first time in August 1988 and built himself a life that by any measure would be considered an immigrant's dream. But he has never felt at home in his adopted country. Born in Mirebalais, a small village in the Goat Mountains about 40 miles outside Port-au-Prince, Bouquet was essentially an orphan. After his mother died when he was 7, his father abandoned the family. Bouquet managed to get himself through high school, was sponsored to attend Johnson Bible College in Knoxville, Tenn.
January 22, 2010 |
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - For the first time in a week, Luc Bouquet would have more than his fill for breakfast. His 82-year-old father-in-law had arrived the night before with a haul of fresh fruits and vegetables from the family's farm four hours outside Port-au-Prince - passionfruit, grapefruit, yams, and three kinds of bananas. "Ah," he said, sitting down to a heaping bowl of boiled yams, plantain, mackerel, and fiery tomato sauce. "This is too much. We can't eat all this.