Christopher Hotel

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Christopher Hotel
UN headquarters Haiti after 2010 earthquake.jpg
The Christopher Hotel, after its collapse
Christopher Hotel is located in Haiti
Christopher Hotel
Location within Haiti
General information
Location Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Coordinates 18°32′20.76″N 72°18′43.56″W / 18.5391000°N 72.3121000°W / 18.5391000; -72.3121000
Closed January 12, 2010 (destroyed)
The hotel in relation to the city, under the notation "MINUSTAH Headquarters"

The Christopher Hotel[1] (also called Hotel Christopher[2]) was a hotel in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, destroyed in the 2010 Haiti earthquake on 12 January 2010.[3]

Prior to its destruction, it was a 3-star, 74-key,[4] 5-story hotel built into the hillside, overlooking the capital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince.[5] The hotel housed the headquarters for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). The hotel allegedlly did not meet the UN's Minimum Operational Safety Standard (MOSS), and reportedly MINUSTAH's 2009 procurement plan contained a budget allocation of US$400,000 to bring the Hotel Christopher into compliance.[6]

History[edit]

In 1993, the then mayor of Port-au-Prince, Evans Paul, escaped an assassination attempt at the hotel.[7]

In 1999, the Haitian Civic Political Front was formed and held its first congress at the hotel. [8]

In 2005, a Filipino UN Peacekeeper was shot by a sniper at the hotel.[9]

The hotel housed the headquarters for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) since 2004.[10] According to a 2008 statement from the UN's Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the "decision to select the Hotel Christopher was based on a locally completed analytical process which determined that this facility was one of the few premises in Port au Prince which would meet the Mission's requirements with regards to space, water and power. It is also in a neighbourhood that was judged in 2004 to be among the safest in Port au Prince." The statement also indicated that the UN was paying a monthly rent of US$94,000 to a private individual, Dr. Gerard Desir.[6]

Destruction[edit]

In the collapse during the 7.0 magnitude event of 12 January 2010, several people were trapped, hurt or killed. The UN's head-of-mission, Hédi Annabi, the deputy head, Luiz Carlos da Costa, and the UN international police commander (Royal Canadian Mounted Police Superintendent) Doug Coates were killed. [6] After the collapse, over 150 UN personnel were reportedly unaccounted for at the hotel.[4] The moment the earthquake struck, Annabi, da Costa and Coates were meeting with eight Chinese nationals (four peacekeepers and four senior police officers). A Chinese search and rescue team recovered the bodies of these ten individuals on 16 January 2010. Jens Kristensen, senior humanitarian officer for the UN was rescued by a Virginia Beach, Virginia team after five days trapped in the rubble.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ UPI, "U.N. fears staff casualties in Haiti quake", 13 January 2010 (accessed 15 January 2009)
  2. ^ Vancouverite, "RCMP officer’s body found in rubble in Haiti, another still missing", Salim Jiwa, 14 January 2010 (accessed 15 January 2009)
  3. ^ (French) BBC Afrique, "L'ONU frappée de plein fouet par le séisme en Haïti", Bessan Vikou, 14 January 2010 (accessed 15 January 2010)
  4. ^ a b Hotels Mag, "Haiti's Hôtel Montana, Hotel Christopher Collapse; Hundreds Feared Dead", Adam Kirby, 13 January 2010 (accessed 15 January 2010)
  5. ^ Wall Street Journal, "U.N. Bodyguard Rescued From Haiti Rubble", Joe Lauria, 14 January 2010 (accessed 15 January 2010)
  6. ^ a b c Inner City News, "As UN Confirms Death of Annabi, Hotel Christopher Safety Questions Remain", Matthew Russell Lee, 16 January 2010 (accessed 17 January 2010)
  7. ^ Chicago Tribune, "Gunmen Go After Aristide Allies", Associated Press, 6 October 1993, A7
  8. ^ BBC World Service, 15 September 1999
  9. ^ Asian Journal, "Filipino UN Peacekeeper in Haiti Survives Sniper Fire", 2 April 2005 (accessed 15 January 2010)
  10. ^ Brunei News, "", Nam News Network, 14 January 2010 (accessed 15 January 2010)
  11. ^ Christian Science Monitor, "Haiti earthquake: How a top UN official was plucked from the rubble", Howard LaFranchi, 26 January 2010 (accessed 30 January 2010)

Coordinates: 18°32′21″N 72°18′44″W / 18.5391°N 72.3121°W / 18.5391; -72.3121