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Jou Va Jou Vien

March 13, 2010

A day comes, a day goes…

Two months ago TOO many people lost their lives due to neglect. The city hasn’t changed much nor has the system.  Example: Today several people died at the Ministe Sante Publiik ak Popilasyon.  Why?  Because people who don’t have tents were scavenging for scraps to build makeshift homes and the remaining foundation collapsed on them.  They are now mixed in with the dust and remains of the anonymous ones still lying under the rubble.

Two months ago the earth moved to expose the corruption in Haiti.  Perhaps the injustice that has been rocking Haiti for so long now shook the world’s eyes open.  What people are seeing in Haiti two months later is nothing short of what was happening before (and it happens in other places too). The challenges of the rebuilding process come from neglect. Recuperating is an arduous process without a foundation.  It is a dilemma when the people don’t have access and still are not being granted access.  It is still neglect when I meet with orphanages and people who have not received a grain of rice, or a tent.  It is neglect when people have been forced to see children and orphanages as businesses and commodities.  It is a test of humanity when the people are so beaten down that they constantly are pushed around like cattle, and ignored, or their communities are called red zones.  It goes beyond resilience…this is survival at its worst.

Someone said something to me yesterday that I want to share with you.  He was from Pakistan and said that “its outrageous that this is a country that respects and treats foreigners better than it does its own people.  It’s usually the reverse.”  Just something to think about and explore and ask yourself why…

The amount of degradation that the people in Haiti have suffered, so much so that the culture has changed has been exposed by the earthquake.  I wonder how many deals will be made to shut the people out?  I hear from credible sources of things to come: Monsanto hybrid seeds, injections for cattle, factories where our food production once thrived, and more…

I continue to be committed to the people.  To providing empowering options for their survival and inclusion.  To connecting and sharing resources and information with those I serve and those who share a similar vision.  Haitian culture is beautiful.  I am a product of it, and I thank my Grandparents. my mother and my ancestors for passing it down and preserving it, so that I could experience what it means to be a part of a strong lineage of people.  That culture is alive and well…  What has happened to Haiti now, who we are now, is simply survival.  Underneath all of that is the principles, and independent, productive, and proud society and culture that lives.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Lili permalink
    March 13, 2010 1:19 pm

    can you suggest types/styles of tents that can be useful in Haiti? I’d like to ship some to you and Sasha to distribute.
    Thank you,

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