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We are the Haitians: From the womb to the tomb our lives are about struggle

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We are the Haitians: From the womb to the tomb our lives are about struggle

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asked Israel to send a police contingent to Haiti "to fight the growing anarchy on the streets. The plea comes amid reports that the city is being transformed into a battle zone between various gangs and looting is escalating. " Israel decided to send 100 police officers to Haiti in response to the UN request. (100 Israeli Police heading for Haiti.) But most of our folks on the ground in Haiti, don't see this growing anarchy, only people writhing in pain, hungry, thirsty and coping with unspeakable grief. (Ezili Dantà Witness Project)

Independence or death!
Pito Ayiti kraze pase pou li ta tonbe lan men blan ankÃ

Haitians are poor because they exist in a hostile American mediterranean and won't reconcile with Bourgeoisie Freedom.

Bourgeoisie Freedom is "how liberty, brotherhood, equality and democracy exist alongside or even in virtually the same space as slavery, genocide, exclusion, exploitation, intolerance and tyranny - notably Black enslavement, exploitation and disenfranchisement in the Americas. (See, Haiti the Rebel.)

Bourgeoisie Freedom describe, for instance, the organized violence at the top which makes invisible the homeless man sleeping on a bench with a cardboard box over his head in the same block with penthouses, chauffeured limousines and billion-dollar wealth. In essence, it's the invisibility of Prissy's enslavement, Dilcey pains and Mammy's hut at Tara in Dixieland during Scarlett O'Hara's balls, while all cry for what's Gone with the Wind. This is what Ezili's HLLN calls 'Bourgeoisie Freedom.' And, from Bwa Kayiman to now, Haitians have rejected this structure of human interaction, governance and communication. Haitians, as a people, struggle to transform this below, knowing no matter the misery, loss and suffering in time, that out of time, Nan Ginen, our safety lies - lives- wholly unformed by any storylines, (even our own*), since before this 'New World's' time began." (Excerpted from Bwa Kayiman 2007 and the case of Lovinsky Pierre Antoine ; and for *"even our own" - See, The African Trickster.)

Contrary to the media, State Department, NGO and USAID/US Embassy spins, it's the Haitian Diaspora's $2 billion dollars per year remittances, not foreign aid that upholds Haiti. No other national group in the world sends more money to their homeland than Haitians living in the Diaspora . (Does the Western economic calculation of wealth fit Haiti - fit Dessalines idea of wealth distribution? No. ; The Western vs. the Real Narrative on Haiti ; Haiti govt gets only 1 cent of every US aid dollar; Support Conscious Emergency Relief with Human Rights and Dignity and, )

"The Haitian government has not seen one cent of that money that has been raised for Haiti. I presume that that means the money is going to NGOs," he said, referring to non-governmental aid groups. He said a Puerto Rican group had presented him with a shipping receipt showing it donated $3.5 million of food aid to feed Haitians. Preval said he asked, "Where is the food?" and was told it had already been given to aid groups. (Coordination needed for Haiti aid: Aid flows to charities, but Preval 'hasn't seen a cent'; and, Humanitarian relief in Haiti: Some shocking facts.)


We are the Haitians - from the womb to the tomb our lives is about struggle n ap lite against Western oppression and re-colonization. Nou La! We are here! Still. After two centuries of struggle. No force has taken us down, none shall. There are 4.5 million Haitians abroad, more than 9 million at home. We beat back 19-years of US occupation before; we've beat back neocolonialism so as not to be DEVELOPED like the rest of the Caribbean where the Black majority deny their African-roots, are pushed into ghettos, own no property and are essentially, servants to Western corporatocracy - maids, butlers, housekeepers, and sexual playthings for visiting tourist. Not going to happen. Not on Dessalines' land. (See, Does the Western economic calculation of wealth fit Haiti - fit Dessalines idea of wealth distribution? No!)


Before the horrific Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake, Ezili's HLLN was basically the sole international voice mobilizing against charity aid workers, non-for-profit pedophiles and UN soldiers, sexually molesting, abusing and raping, Haiti's children and people behind the facade of foreign benevolence, Christian charity, peacekeeping and humanitarian aid. The earthquake has exponentially exacerbated the problem of foreigners feeding off of Haiti's poverty and man-made and natural disasters. But, Ezili' s HLLN, is NOT in shock. The direct US occupation - the stealing of Haiti's resources, murder of those who objected, enslavement through the imposition of the global elite's interests, started on February 29, 2004 for Haiti's majority when US Special forces flew democratically elected president Jean Bertrand Aristide, out of Haiti as "cargo," back to Africa, on a plane used for renditions. The US occupation did not start on January 14, 2010, two days after the earthquake. No. We've never been seduced by the traditional Western savoir narrative, not in 2004 nor now in 2010. That was the first flight taking, kidnapping, a Haitian out of Haiti without the consent of the people of Haiti and at a time of crisis. We are here - Nou La! And there are today thousands of small, Haiti eathquake orphans - children who are unaccompanied, orphaned or lost one parent. (See, Claims of a million earthquake orphans are clearly false and those making them are being irresponsible ; Haiti earthquake -- by the numbers.) Some are homeless children separated from their families due to the earthquake.

Many good-hearted people from abroad want to open up their arms to real Haiti orphans and that is all good. But the traffickers and predators who prey on tragedy and misfortunes of the weak, folks like accused American pedophile Douglas Perlitz, or Canadian ex-priest John Duarte, or the deported 114 Sri-Lankan UN soldiers who turned Haiti into a nightmare trafficking and sexually abusing Haiti's children and peoples have counterparts still in Haiti. (Editorial: Fairfield should have helped Haiti months ago ; Douglas Perlitz indicted for abusing homeless boys in Haiti for a decade ; John Duarte - another accused Canadian pedophile of Haitian children ; and, UN Peacekeepers and Humanitarian Aid Workers raping, molesting and abusing Haitian children .)

Human trafficking is on the rise after the earthquake. The displaced Haitian children are not up for sale for either the organ traders, laboratory experiments, sexual predators or to wealthier Northerners in need of a child to raise willing to ignore the trauma experience by these children, forcing them to assimilate to meet the expectations of others at such a confusing time. (No wholesale evacuation and adoption; Claims of a million earthquake orphans are clearly false and those making them are being irresponsible.)

These displaced children or eathquake orphans need immediate shelter, food, medical treatment, security, sanitation. Their parents may have been separated from them and if not, now is not the time to also abruptly deny them cultural sovereignty and the right to mourn and heal with the support of their community. Family in Haiti is more than the nucleus mom/dad/children in the Euro/American way. It's extended further. (See, Statement on Haiti adoptions from the international community of adoptees of color.) There could be some intermediate measure taken besides flying them off with strangers, no matter how well meaning. Those truly interested in the best interests of the child may help make sure that immediate emergency relief reach these children. Don't just take the child away leaving the community to spend a lifetime wondering whatever happened to each child.

Ezili's HLLN supports, reiterates and agrees wholeheartedly with the Adoptees of Color Statement on Haiti, written from the perspective of a group of adoptees of color opposed to international adoption of Haitian children that maintains: "All adoptions from Haiti must be stopped and all efforts to help children be refocused on giving aid to organizations working toward family reunification and caring for children in their own communities. We urge you to join us in supporting Haitian children's rights to life, survival, and development within their own families and communities."

Church group arrested in Haiti taking children across border

(Ramon Espinosa/AP)

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