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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v9n9 (03/03/2010) » Section: Letters to Artvoice

Alison Des Forges

While I understand the editorial decision to associate my human rights work with that of Alison Des Forges (i.e. “Like her colleague in spirit Julia Hall, Alison Des Forges is among the most internationally well-known human rights activists our area can boast.”), the notion that I belong in Alison’s company is unwarranted (“Beyond Gunatanamo,” Artvoice v9n5). My children attended the public Montessori school in Buffalo that Alison founded.

Helping Haiti

On 12 January, 2010, a terrible earthquake struck near the capital of haiti and its surrounding neighborhoods. The quake measured 7.0 on the Richter scale. The quake occurred close to the surface of the earth, thus making it even more devastating. Haiti is the poorest UN member state in the Western hemisphere and its buildings are poorly constructed. Thus while it took mere minutes to destroy, it will take at least 10 years to rebuild Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti. In act, Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive asserted that the quake crippled the entire country.

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