best known press freedom activist, Guyler Delva, sent out a frantic call for
help yesterday morning. At least 70 journalists and media workers in the
northern city of Gonaïves
are living in dire circumstances, Delva said in his e-mail. They need food,
clothes, and shelter, as well as equipment, he specified. In short, "they have
lost everything in the recent floods."
On the other side of Hispaniola
Island from the lavish tourist resorts
in the Dominican Republic, Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas.
Politically, the harsh Duvalier dictatorships and the controversial Aristide
era devastated the country. This year, starving mobs protested the high prices
of basic food staples as the international press reported that many are
surviving on mud cakes.