Today I just read a letter coming from the pen of the former President of Haiti, Jean Bertrand-Aristide. ( He did not send it directly to me:)Read it below:
P. Jean-Bertrand Aristide
Pretoria, South Africa
May the spirit of International Day in Solidarity with
Haitian People continue to spread!
If the more than 10,000 people killed in the 18 months that followed
February 29, 2004 coup d’état could speak, what would they say?
join voices with the young women raped and sexually assaulted since the
Would they remind us that these women are estimated to constitute half
population of Haiti ’s shanty towns? Would they unite with the
voices of the
3,200 people imprisoned in a National Penitentiary built to hold 1,200
prisoners? And what of the countless others who were inhumanely abused
clearly betrayed? What would their message be?
They would rise in chorus with Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine to say Mési,
you, for the solidarity demonstrated four years later.
Because they cannot, I will: Thank you.
Thank you to each and every participant in the 56
organized in 47 cities across four continents as part of the 3rd
Day of Solidarity. Your solidarity strengthens the people’s
continue to affirm human dignity and struggle for true democracy,
United to all our Haitian sisters and brothers who, on
day, condemned the kidnapping of February 29, 2004 and called for our
Haiti, let us continue to drink from this historical stream of
grateful thanks to our mother Haiti. “Gratitude is the least of the
ingratitude is the worst of the vices.”
Ab imo pectore, from the bottom of my heart,
, March 11, 2008