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9480: A clinic serving a poor community is wrecked (fwd)
Haiti: A clinic serving a poor community is wrecked
Novenber 3, 2001
SICRAD press release (based on information provided by APROSIFA's founder and
co-director, Rose-Anne Auguste).
The health center of the Association for the Promotion of Integrated Family
Health (APROSIFA in French), an institution based in Carrefour-Feuilles, a
suburb of Port-au-Prince, was wrecked and looted by heavily armed, unknown
individuals during the night of October 30-31, according to a communiqué sent
out by APROSIFA's management.
The center's security guards were tortured, a 18-year-old teenage girl raped
and equipment required for the proper functioning of the center stolen by the
bandits. This included laboratory equipment such as two expensive microscopes,
audio-visual equipment, two inverters, four fans, a loudspeaker, a water pump
and other items, according to the communiqué.
In addition, the bandits threatened the managers and employees of APROSIFA.
According to the communiqué, the bandits targeted with their insults one of
the guards by the name of Carlyle APPOLON who was not present at the time of
APROSIFA denounces such acts and points the finger at those who "victimize
those whose mission is to improve health conditions for the urban poor."
APROSIFA notes that in July of this year, Carlyle APOLLON was brutalized
before being taken to the National Palace by members of the Unit for the
General Security of the National Palace (USGPN in French), a few hours
before the arrest of Dr. Blondel AUGUSTE, president of APROSIFA's board. The
communiqué notes that during the night of October 30-31 the agressors made
comments similar to those made in July during the arrest of Carlyle APPOLON.
In addition, APROSIFA notes that in October 2000, three heavily armed
had burst into its administrative offices in broad daylight in search of the
president and other members. During that incident, APROSIFA's accountant was
beaten and the day's fees stolen.
APROSIFA brings to the attention of the national and international community
"the grave consequences that such barbaric acts have on the fundamental rights
of Haitians in general and in particular their right to the health care that
State has been unable to provide to date."
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