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Haiti Year of Agony: Ezili HLLN's Bouquet of Flowers and Light

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Jan. 12, 2011 marks the one-year anniversary of the Haiti quake, we re-member the lives lost and suffering agony of those left behind.


On January 12, 2011, HLLN re-members the Haiti quake victims with: A bouquet of tears by Michel Sanon (in English & French), a Crosstalk interview and Light by Daniel Beaubrun


CrossTalk on Haiti: Failed aid CrossTalk on Haiti: failed aid - interview with Ezili Dantà , Nick Rossier and Stanley Lucas

Source: CrossTalk (CT on Facebook)
Broadcast date: January 12, 2011

Despite the army of NGOs and a strong commitment of the international community, Haiti is still broken and its prospects are dim. Is something fundamentally wrong with the aid programs? And can Haitians break out of it? Ezili Dantà , Stanley Lucas and Nicolas Rossier share their first-hand experience on CrossTalk.


Lymà (Light) Lymà (Light) by Daniel Beaubrun for the one-year anniversary of Haiti earthquake - Jan. 12, 2011


Lymà (Light)
par Sanba Daniel Beaubrun for Jan. 12, 2011

12 Janvye 2011 ap fà nou yon lane depi listwa nou chanje,depi moso nan istwa nou efase, depi fanmi, zanmi,nou rete vivan sà lman nan memwa nou. Mwen pap pote dà y pou lespri frà ak sà nou ke n pà di yo. Se limyà ke mwen ap mete pou yo. Limen limyà pou Ayiti, pou inosan ki pà di lavi yo. Limyà pou nou konnen kisa ki te pase a. Limyà pou nou konprann jwà t k ap jwe a. Limye pou nou ka enspire pou yon demen tou nà f, limyà pou nou sispann rete tann moun vin fà pou nou. Limyà pou nou kwà nan fàs ki nan nou a. Limyà pou nou aprann retande vwa Lanati. Limyà pou nou tout fà yon sà l, pou yon sà l kà z ki AYITI.
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.


A Bouquet of Tears

(Un bouquet de larmes)


Two hundred thousand stars
Extinct, evaporated
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.
Once again
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
Haiti Cherie!
Collect yourself your dignity.
In this bouquet of tears
You will receive
Two hundred thousand wishes
For better days to come.

Michel Sanon (Montreal)
Jan. 11, 2011

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