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The closest most of us have come to cholera is through reading the works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. But an outbreak Haiti has killed over 1000 people and will likely worsen.


Crowdsourcing ‘violence interruption’ in Chicago

At Pop Tech, an unlikely partnership forms between an infectious disease expert fighting gun violence and a crisis mapping website.

Alan Lomax’s Haitian diary

From “The Breaking of the Cakes” (an epiphany ceremony). January, 1937 Courtesy of the Association for Cultural Equity [The] use of a Christian date for a Vodou ceremony is typical of the whole Haitian religious complex here. For example, the official church lithographs of the saints form the principal wall decoration for every Vodou altar, [...]


For Haiti to move forward, we must return to our culture

The president of Université Quisqueya asks: why has the “Pearl of the Antilles” turned into a place most observers compare to hell?


  Haiti’s lost music

In 1936, American ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax preserved Haiti’s cultural identity in more than 1,500 audio and film recordings. Need to Know traveled with his daughter, Anna Lomax Wood, to watch and listen as she carried on the legacy of her father’s work by bringing the lost melodies back to a quake-zone community.


After the earthquake, detective work

Thousands of children have been orphaned since the earthquake in Haiti. Some groups are trying to reunite them with their families.

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