Despite the army of NGOs and a strong commitment of the
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dim. Is something fundamentally wrong with the aid programs? And can
Haitians break out of it? Ezili Dantò, Stanley Lucas and Nicolas
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Lymè (Light) by Daniel Beaubrun for the one-year anniversary of Haiti earthquake - Jan. 12, 2011
par Sanba Daniel Beaubrun for Jan. 12, 2011
12 Janvye 2011 ap fè nou yon lane depi
listwa nou chanje,depi moso nan istwa nou efase, depi fanmi, zanmi,nou
rete vivan sèlman nan memwa nou. Mwen pap pote dèy pou lespri frè ak sè
nou ke n pèdi yo. Se limyè ke mwen ap mete pou yo. Limen limyè pou
Ayiti, pou inosan ki pèdi lavi yo. Limyè pou nou konnen kisa ki te pase
a. Limyè pou nou konprann jwèt k ap jwe a. Limye pou nou ka enspire pou
yon demen tou nèf, limyè pou nou sispann rete tann moun vin fè pou nou.
Limyè pou nou kwè nan fòs ki nan nou a. Limyè pou nou aprann retande
vwa Lanati. Limyè pou nou tout fè yon sèl, pou yon sèl kòz ki AYITI.
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HLLN English translation:
January 12, 2011 marks one year since
our history changed, since part of our history was obliterated, since
our family, friends, remain alive only in our memory. I will not mourn
the brothers and sisters we lost. I will put a light on for them. Turn
on the light for Haiti, for the innocent who lost their lives. The
light to show what happened. The light to our understanding the game
that's being played. The light to inspire a brand new tomorrow. The
light to stop waiting for people to do for us. The light to believe in
our own strength. The light to learn to listen to the voice of Nature.
I light the light for us to all be one, one single voice that's AYITI.
Two hundred thousand stars
In a sunset
Wrapped in dust
On this galactic stage
Close to the hearts of those
Who cherish freedom
Two hundred thousand flowers
Abruptly chopped away
In the devastation
Of a garden drenched with blood
Two hundred thousand children
Of all ages and features
Snatched away woefully
From the trembling arms
Of a broken mother
Who had already shed
Almost all of her tears.
Haiti Cherie "
What does the future hold?
Blessed be those strangers
All people of good will
Who strived to lend
A helping hand
When that infamous Cross you bear
Was crushing your spine.
Then came in semidarkness
The hawks and the foxes
Vultures and hyenas
With gems of illusion
Set in blinding cynicism.
Adam's Planet is on the verge
Of completing with no glory
Another journey around the Sun
Whose constant rays
Are a symbol of life.
Life be with you
Collect yourself your dignity.
In this bouquet of tears
You will receive
Two hundred thousand wishes
For better days to come.
Human Rights Lawyer, Ezili Danto is dedicated to correcting the media lies and colonial narratives about Haiti. An award winning playwright, a performance poet, author and lawyer, Ezili Danto is founder of the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network, (more...)