Haiti Earthquake: 5 Years Later

By JEFFREY TORRES, age 10, and IndyKids Staff PHOTO: Oxfam International Five years after a 2010 earthquake which killed 160,000 people and made 1.5 million more homeless, the Haitian people are still suffering. International donations totaled $13.5 billion, but...

Getting Wild with the Hispaniolan Hutia

By NICAULY HERNANDEZ, age 8 The Hispaniolan hutia looks like a mix between a large guinea pig, a small groundhog and a rat. PHOTO: Wikimedia Commons The Hispaniolan hutia (Plagiodontia aedium) is also known as the “zagouti” or “jutía” in Spanish. It is the only...

UN Refuses to Pay Cholera Victims in Haiti

UN Peacekeepers in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. Photo: UNITED NATIONS PHOTO Following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, 8,000 people have died from cholera, an infectious disease that generally spreads through water and raw sewage. The epidemic has infected one in 16...

Former Haitian President is Back

Former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide returned to his country last March after seven years in exile. Aristide, who became Haiti’s first democratically-elected president in 1991, was forced to leave the country after a violent rebellion in 2004. Although he...