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In Drought-Stricken Ethiopia, a Mother Counts the Days

Posted October 12, 2011 | 12:48:24 (EST)

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Adi Bonaya. Photo: Eva-Lotta Jansson/Oxfam America

If only food and water were as plentiful as the stories of hardship and sadness we've heard the last few days as we've crisscrossed the drought-ravaged region of southern Ethiopia, from Yabello to Negele and back....

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Haiti: One Man, Six Hats, and a Proverb About Hope

Posted October 22, 2010 | 11:26:41 (EST)

I read recently that the rubble that has been clogging the streets of Port-au-Prince since the earthquake in January may finally begin to disappear: A private company has secured a multi-million dollar contract to start carting off mountains of collapsed buildings. Thank god.

In the nine-plus months since...

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Haiti Faces a New Threat With Hurricane Season

Posted June 3, 2010 | 11:14:11 (EST)

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A boy does his homework in a camp for displaced people in Port-au-Prince. Photo by Ami Vitale/Oxfam America

Hurricane season started on Tuesday -- another mark in the grind of time for the people of Port-au-Prince. An estimated one and a half million...

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For one day, at least, Haitians celebrate

Posted May 20, 2010 | 18:50:10 (EST)

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Marching through the streets of Saint Michel, revelers celebrate on the eve before a feast day honoring the patron saint of their community. Photo by Ami Vitale/Oxfam America

I missed the voodoo rara the first time it wound through the narrow streets of...

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In Haiti's countryside, schools are in short supply

Posted May 20, 2010 | 18:30:52 (EST)

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Chrisner Roche has sent his children to school in Port-au-Prince, far from where he lives, because there are few good schools in Haiti's rural areas.

The plight of Chrisner Roche is a textbook case for all that's wrong with the educational system in Haiti.

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As New Leaders Emerge From the Camps in Haiti, Will Their Voices be Heard?

Posted February 24, 2010 | 16:42:23 (EST)

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Stephan Durogene, left, and Jennifer Banessa Destine, second fom the right, stand with other members of the camp committee at Delmas 62. Photo by Kenny Rae/Oxfam America

An estimated 230,000 lives lost; huge swaths of the capital destroyed; more than one million people homeless....

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Lots of Priorities, Little Time

Posted February 22, 2010 | 16:52:03 (EST)

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Samuel, 12, digs a trench to help drain water from his family's shelter. Photo by Kenny Rae/Oxfam America

My Oxfam colleague, Kenny Rae, is in Port-au-Prince right now. He's working to provide shelter, sanitation services, and clean water to some of the hundreds of...

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With Rain, Urgency Grows for Shelter and Sanitation in Haiti's Capital

Posted February 17, 2010 | 13:24:32 (EST)

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Residents help Oxfam dig latrines at a camp where tens of thousands of homeless people are now living. Photo: Oxfam America

Late last week, rain doused the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, heightening the dread of hundreds of thousands of people there who have been...

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In a Camp in Haiti, a Pillowcase of Books Feeds a Dream for the Futuren ed

Posted February 9, 2010 | 15:41:22 (EST)

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Katty Rebecca Matin, 13, spends several hours each day studying the school books she brought with her in a pillowcase. Photo: Coco McCabe / Oxfam America

For kids not affected by the devastating earthquake that rocked Haiti in January, schools re-opened the...

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From Haiti: Where Laughter Endures

Posted February 4, 2010 | 13:19:46 (EST)

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A boy assembles a kite at the Petionville Club, a golf course in Port-au-Prince that now houses thousands of displaced earthquake survivors. Photo: Liz Lucas / Oxfam America

Oxfam America's Coco McCabe is one of several Boston-based colleagues who traveled to Haiti to help...

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Sebastian's Story

Posted February 3, 2010 | 11:34:44 (EST)

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Sebastian Stermine, age 12. Photo: Coco McCabe / Oxfam America

Oxfam America's Coco McCabe is one of several Boston-based colleagues in Haiti to help with the relief effort. Here's her latest update, dated January 30; this blog is part one of a two-part...

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Pieces of Normal

Posted February 2, 2010 | 13:25:42 (EST)

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Coco McCabe interviews children at a camp for displaced people in Port-au-Prince. Photo: Kenny Rae / Oxfam America

Oxfam America's Coco McCabe is one of several Boston-based colleagues in Haiti to help with the relief effort. Here's her latest update, dated January...

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A Thin Silver Lining

Posted February 1, 2010 | 14:26:14 (EST)

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Workers in Port-au-Prince assemble supply kits for displaced families. Photo: Oxfam

Oxfam America's Coco McCabe is one of several Boston-based colleagues in Haiti to help with the relief effort. Here's her latest update.

As devastating as the earthquake was for the people of Port-au-Prince,...

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Seeking Shelter From the Coming Rain

Posted January 30, 2010 | 15:01:00 (EST)

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At the Petionville Club, where tens of thousands of people are camped, the hills undulate with bed sheets fastened to wooden poles--makeshift huts pitched on slopes so steep that no one inside could possibly get a good night's sleep. Photo: Liz Lucas / Oxfam...

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Haiti's Entrepreneurs Keep Life Going, Part 2

Posted January 29, 2010 | 09:43:35 (EST)

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A cell phone charging business is one of many small businesses that's taken root at the Petionville Club in Port-au-Prince. Photo: Kenny Rae / Oxfam America

Oxfam America's Coco McCabe is one of several Boston-based colleagues in Haiti to help with the relief effort....

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Haiti's entrepreneurs keep life going

Posted January 28, 2010 | 18:02:48 (EST)

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A quake survivor at the Petionville Club. Photo: Liz Lucas / Oxfam America

Oxfam America's Coco McCabe is one of several Boston-based colleagues in Haiti to help with the relief effort. Here's her latest update, dated January 27; this is part one of a...

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Willing workers, few jobs

Posted January 27, 2010 | 15:26:50 (EST)

Oxfam America's Coco McCabe is one of several Boston-based colleagues in Haiti to help with the relief effort. Here's her latest update, dated January 26.

"In Haiti, it's about hustling."

That's Wilgens Jean-Baptiste's summary of the job scene in the western hemisphere's poorest nation: a constant scramble...

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Many hands help to bring aid to those who need it

Posted January 26, 2010 | 13:24:18 (EST)

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Photo: Kenny Rae / Oxfam America

Oxfam America's Coco McCabe is one of several Boston-based colleagues in Haiti to help with the relief effort. Here's her latest update, dated January 25.

This is the story of Belinda's Boxes.

That's my nickname for...

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A Day of Rest in Port-au-Prince

Posted January 25, 2010 | 13:31:32 (EST)

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Quake survivors in Port-au-Prince. Photo: Kenny Rae / Oxfam America

Oxfam America's Coco McCabe is one of several Boston-based colleagues in Haiti to help with the relief effort. Here's her latest update, dated January 24.

It's Sunday in Port-au-Prince -- the second Sunday...

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Nous Vivons

Posted January 24, 2010 | 13:09:32 (EST)

Oxfam America's Coco McCabe is one of several Boston-based Oxfam America staff in Haiti to help with the relief effort, where they join 200 Oxfam staff already on the ground. Here's her latest update, dated January 23.

Nous vivons -- those are the first words scribbled in one of my...

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