"If you have come to help me, you
are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is
bound up with mine, then let us work together." -- Lily Watson
Ezili Danto - Transcending the 2002 Ottawa Initiative for Haiti
Few in power want to hear that the World bank and the International Monetary Fund contain the poor in war, poverty, disease so to save them with Paul Farmer pharmaceuticals, USAID tied-aid, the Clintons' subsidized Arkansas rice and Monsanto GMOs-hybrid seeds. Not when this is the age where Barrack Obama nominates Paul Farmer's partner, Jim Yom Kim, co-founder of what some from Haiti call "Partners in Death", to head the World Bankers fleecing Black and poor countries worldwide.
It's not news that the post-World War II alliance, use the World Bank, the IMF, the IFIs and the UN to pillage poor countries and continue the old colonial lines of domination.
Addicted to power and white privilege in poor countries, the large NGOs are funded mostly to make way for the imperialist and global corporatocracy stealing natural resources, destroying , for instance, Haiti's food sovereignty, water, public health, democratic governance. All, the better to make a market and jobs for foreigners, their vaccines, fertilizers, pesticides and pharmaceuticals behind the mask of "development."
Certainly in this age, the Nobel Laureates won't be lining up to honor and give prizes to the homeless street boys in Haiti who dug up the earthquake victims, lifting steel and concrete, saving lives with bare, bleeding hands. Won't be lining up to honor Haitians battling to end the US occupation. Won't be lining up to honor and give those, like Rea Dol, Jean Ristil Jean Baptise, Jean Jafrikayiti Saint-Vil, Yves Point Du Jou, Dahoud Andre, Pierre Labossiere or Ezili Danto a peace prize for saving lives, battling tyranny. The neocolonial narrative on Haiti won't allow it.
We don't exist. White men speak for us. Mr-lets-hoard-it-all wants everything.
He forgets. We reMEMBER. Laugh. Do battle. Walk with honor.
Sean Penn is saving us along with Paul Farmer and his acolytes. We who have made no dishonorable alliances and stood, from the beginning, against the return to dictatorship, oppression, re-colonization of Haiti, don't exist. In fact, they say they treat Haitians well. You know, as well as the godly Thomas Jefferson was treating 14-year old Sally Hemings nightly at Monticello. As well as the slaveholders who provided food and shelter to their slaves and only really beat them senseless when they were not working hard enough on the plantation, or were so ungrateful as to speak for themselves, or escape.
He forgets. We reMEMBER. Laugh. Do battle. Die with honor. Suffer humiliating pains, defeats. Endure.
Constantly under fire. But made of fire. Unborn. Never burn. We roll with it. Handling seismic shifts. Freestyling to murder Tarzan, Jane and their Uncle Toms.
Acid and Clorox hunger we know. Stigmas we know. World Bank structural adjustment policies we know. IFM death plans we know. We're never filled with the humiliating defeats. Our sorrows run deep. Yet and still, Ibo granmoun lakay Ibo.
We don't exist. We're the Haitians who save ourselves. We keep honor. We reMEMBER, always. The Ancestors. Don't forget their traditional enemies. Never. Bay kou bliye pote mak sonje.
"Cut your chains and you are free. Cut your roots and you die" --Haitian ProverbWhat is the Ottawa Initiative?
Haitians and those still blind or in denial and who are participating in the International crime and travesty going on in Haiti right now are urged to recall the Ottawa Initiative.
What is the Ottawa Initiative? Why is there a UN, Chapter 7 peace enforcement mission in Haiti for 8 years? A country not at war, without a peace agreement to enforce and with less violence than most countries in the Western Hemisphere? (See the UN's own Global Study on Homicide at page 93 ).