Hello. We cover political unrest in Haiti, orphaned children in India and another scorching heat wave in the United States
Haiti on the brink
Since the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse last week, political chaos has gripped Haiti. The country rushed into a constitutional crisis on Sunday, as its top leaders both fought for control.
Acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph tried to turn the words of support from the United States into the appearance of a mandate, but Haiti’s last elected officials organized to block it. Only 10 of Haiti’s 30 Senate seats are filled, but eight of the remaining senators signed a resolution calling on Joseph Lambert, the president of the Senate, to temporarily take control. Here are the live updates.
“We cannot let the country go astray,” said one woman Martine Moïse, the president’s widow, said in an audio clip posted on Twitter. She suggested that the perpetrators “don’t want to see a transition in the country.”
Haiti has called on the United States and the UN to send troops and security assistance, a move criticized by Haitian intellectuals and members of civil society, who argue that international support has often added to the instability of the country.
Response from the United States: Officials in the Biden administration are reluctant to send even a limited US force amid the mess. Instead, a team of U.S. government investigators will assess how they can help the assassination investigation.
Power: Rony Célestin, a senator and one of Moïse’s political allies, bought a $ 3.4 million villa in Canada. The house has become a powerful emblem of the growing gap between Haiti’s impoverished citizens and its wealthy political elite.
Covid orphans in India
Thousands of Indian children have lost their parents in a calamitous wave of coronavirus infections this spring. Many of the more than 3,000 orphans are at risk of being neglected and exploited when attention inevitably wanes.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed support and Indian states announced compensation of around $ 7 to $ 68 per month for each orphan, along with pledges of free food and education.
But advocates are worried about long-term protections. Traumatized children often have difficulty obtaining death certificates to qualify for government benefits. Some may find it difficult to return to school or to avoid human trafficking and child marriage.
An empty line: Nine-year-old Kahkashan Saifi lost both his parents and then his house because the owner locked her up with her siblings on unpaid rents. Almost every day, Kahkashan picks up the phone and calls his mother, speaking to her as if she is on the other end of the phone. “Mother, when will you come? ” she says.
Regional scan: Countries in the Asia-Pacific region are grappling with epidemics fueled by the Delta variant of the virus. Indonesia and Malaysia are cracking under the pressure. Japan and South Korea enact severe new restrictions.
Here are the latest pandemic updates and maps.
In other developments:
A stifling heatwave in the United States
After a recent spike in temperatures that killed nearly 200 people in Oregon and Washington state, the western United States roasted under another “heat dome” that raised temperatures over the weekend , the third wave to sweep the region this summer.
Death Valley, California recorded 130 degrees Fahrenheit, one of the highest temperatures ever on Earth. In Arizona, two people helping fight a 300-acre wildfire died Saturday when their plane crashed.
The heat waves, which scientists say would have been virtually impossible without the influence of man-made climate change, have exacerbated widespread drought, set the stage for what is expected to be another catastrophic fire season and killed in mass marine life on the Pacific coast.
Other climate news: In Turkey, the Sea of Marmara, legendary for centuries for its sapphire blue color, is teeming with pollution and suffocates under a viscous secretion caused, in part, by warming waters.
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An inked memory
When the pandemic ends, some people get tattoos in remembrance, permanent totems to deceased loved ones, their own survival, or lessons from this strange period out of time.
Glamor magazine editor Samantha Barry got a little portrayal of the New York skyline, a tribute to the walks that kept it going. “We’ll talk about 2020 when we’re old and gray, and now I have something on my body that symbolizes where I was,” she said. Rachael Sunshine, a 44-year-old woman with a degenerative nerve disease, has twice survived Covid-19. She got a tattoo of a heart surrounded by advanced coronavirus protein, which is the logo of a group that connects survivors. “Tears kept falling from my eyes,” she said.
Katie Tompkins, who works for a medical lab, took a different approach. For her first tattoo, she got a small roll of toilet paper.
“I wanted to have something to look at and say to myself ‘Oh my God, do you remember when all these crazy things happened?'” She said. “It’s my way of highlighting a situation that is not great.
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