since 2004, about 8,000 peacekeepers from the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) maintain civil order in Haiti; despite efforts to control illegal migration, Haitians cross into the Dominican Republic and sail to neighboring countries; Haiti claims US-administered Navassa Island
Extensive deforestation (much of the remaining forested land is being cleared for agriculture and used as fuel); soil erosion; inadequate supplies of potable water
Party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Marine Life Conservation, Ozone Layer Protection signed, but not ratified: Hazardous Wastes
Crisis in Haiti
For the first time in 200 years a magnitude 7.0 earthquake devistated Port-Au-Prince and surrounding areas on Tuesday, January 12, 2010. In the aftermath, UN Officials and dignitaries suggest the best help to give is through a monetary donation.
Please give any amount you can, even $5 will assist in bringing water, food and other essentials to this troubled nation. Your donation shows Haitians that better days are ahead for those affected.
William J. Clinton Foundation
Save the Children
Not On Our Watch
French (official), Creole (official)
Tropical; semiarid where mountains in east cut off trade winds