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re drinks/hydration[edit]

Does any one have information on the safety of the ubiquitous "bag-o-water"? I have found the cold drink to be much more refreshing than my (nearly immediately warm) bottles. Further, any one know about the pop that is sold in smaller unlabeled bottles? How bout the freezies? Can it be assumed that those in labelled bags are safe? (A saint Marc Bakery also sells freezies to vendors, and their operation seems to be quite clean, but I don't know about in other cities).

--> my guess is that there's little difference between the contents of the bagged water and the locally produced bottles.

--> Our U.S. teams which travel to Haiti regularly drink the "bag-o-water" and our guides, which are overly cautious about the purity of food and water, consider it safe. Only rarely does someone get a case of the "Haitian Happiness" and there is no reason to suspect the water bags as the source.

Re: the safety banner.[edit]

(This part seems to be from 2007 or so. Should this be deleted? --Jaakkoh 14:16, 16 October 2011 (EDT))

Could we get some citations on that? It's possible that the situation has changed dramatically in just the past couple years. Traveling with people who are from here or know the lay of the land (what I'm doing) seems relatively safe.

--> The safety warning is out of date and quite inflammatory. Our many friends throughout the country say the last 12 to 18 months have seen levels of safety and security they have not seen in many, many years. Clearly, there are areas you would want to avoid, but you could say the same thing of New York City and Los Angeles. To discourage travel to the country as a whole, especially with the current improved situations, is not reasonable.

Here are a couple of citations with opinions and statements about the security situation:

   http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070720.wxhaiti20/BNStory/National
   http://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/Article.aspx?id=937
I'm sure you know better than us, so plunge forward! For starters, I've moved to warning down to Stay safe and toned it down a bit. Jpatokal 23:00, 19 August 2007 (EDT)

--> Most countries still advise against ALL but essential travel to Haiti, so the warning is still relevant until further notice. Impulsion 16:45, 18 December 2007 (EDT)

--> I agree that the banner is not only inflammatory but patently false. Although, many countries still have warnings against "unnecessary travel" to Haiti, "looting, intermittent roadblocks set by armed gangs, violent crime including kidnapping, car-jacking, and assault" are in no way commonplace like the banner says.

Regions[edit]

I'm about to start researching as I create a map, but if anyone else has ideas, they would be much appreciated! --Peter Talk 12:28, 24 July 2011 (EDT)

I am sure you will have found the UN Haiti Map already Peter. Massive amount of time to be saved by using the paths from that map I think.
On the region split, I know next to nothing about Haiti so can't really help. Looking at the 10 departments, I can see an obvious two way region split, but have no grasp of whether that would make any sense to the traveler. --Burmesedays 12:51, 24 July 2011 (EDT)
It looks like North, Central, and South make the most sense, but the departments don't make for a very clean division between North and Central. I'll mock up a map based on the Arrondissement boundaries. --Peter Talk 15:10, 24 July 2011 (EDT)