Why go to Haiti?

Why go to Haiti?

A Response from: Joseph Alfred, Educator

There is a life in Haiti beside politic.

Why go to Haiti?

Haiti is the cornerstone of civilization, yes my friends in Haiti you see the meeting of three continents: Europe, Africa and America.

You have to see for yourselves this mysterious land. Haiti does not have to many friends around the globe.

Its birth had put in jeopardy the slavery system in which many countries were relied on for free or cheap labor.

Its naissance had divided America that had wanted to be a new Europe in this continent.

No wonder why the first black nation was not invited in the first conference of this continent despite helping many to get their freedom.

Yes my friends, my brothers had fought for the freedom of the United States of America, we had fought for the freedom of various countries in America Latin.

Go to Savannah, GA without the help of our ancestors, the British could have captured the U.S. troops; go to Caracas, Venezuela; we had abolished slavery into the Dominican Republic but unfortunately they remembered only that we had occupied them for 21 years that I dispute.

Go to Venezuela and try to talk about Haiti in a negative way in various colleges, with the average citizen, they will defend Haiti fiercely, so far it is the only country I know of respect us for helping them getting their freedom.

It is unfortunate Venezuela had not become a great economic power, but I can tell you Haitians are well received in Venezuela.

Why go to Haiti?

You need to know a little about our history, the second independent country in this continent and the second independent Black Country in the world after Ethiopia.

Haiti, the land of Toussaint Louverture "le premier des noirs" people are talking about Nelson Mandela, but I had a Toussaint who was not concerned about luxurious lifestyle, he had used his position to help free his brothers and sisters from the worst kind of slavery ever existed in to world.

Today, it is unfortunate that our current leaders are fighting for their personal interest at the expense of the country; none of them can come close to Toussaint Louverture.

We have Charlemagne Peralte who had fought fiercely the U.S. occupation and we have Daniel Fignolé who had accepted the presidency to prevent a U.S. invasion.

We had great people, my friends.

Why go to Haiti?

You should go for yourself and explore the land of the artist, the land of creativity, the land of the hope, the mystery land with its voluptuous mountains, its deserted valleys and its endless sea.

Why go to Haiti?

Go! you will see for yourself that Haitian people stick together, and go along with each other.

This had explained the survival of this country despite this misery.

Before going to Haiti, go to Miami, New York, Montreal, Bahamas, France, Guadeloupe and now Atlanta, you will see lot of workers who send millions every months to help their relatives back home. Most of you in this forum are either professionals or students and belong to the middle class and the upper class.

To understand Haiti, ask yourself a question why Haitian folks who are working over here are sending almost all their paychecks back home to help relatives?

Some time, they are living in a poor condition over here but still send the money, why?

Today the Haiti situation is a little "hecky" but this happen to many people in the world in various time, the French Revolution, the Decadence era, the civil war in the U.S., the rise and fall of the Soviet Union, the conflict Israeli-Palestinian, the Irish conflict, the problem between black and white in the U.S. will it ever be resolved.

Take an example of the State of Israel today, after 5 thousand years of misery the Jews had organized themselves and created the State of Israel.

My friends, Haiti will comeback and rise again do not underestimate the will and the determination of Haitian People, it would have been a grave mistake to do so, please check our history.

May 18, 1803 will repeat again, Nov 18, 1803 will repeat again, no doubt about it and January 1, 1804 will repeat again.

I hope you don't ask the same question Nicodeme had asked Jesus that what do you mean "Si on n'est pas né de nouveau on ne verra pas le royaume des cieux"
My friends, a new Haiti is coming, at my age I may not see it, those of you who are twice or twice and half of my age in this forum may not see it either, but one thing remains certain there will be a new Haiti.

Explain: Contrary to what people might say, we have resource in Haiti, the resource of Haiti is the land itself, its location, its mountain, its sea, its river, its small islands, its shape.

My friends, the country has not used its resources, La Tortue one day will be a great Tourist Attraction, La Gonave will become an Amazing Island, l'ile-à-Vache will become an attractive place and La navase (Navassa Island= A war will be fought for that Island) will become a Historic Place for the new martyrs of the new Haiti.

Why go to Haiti?

You will visit the City of Poets: Jeremie; the city of Hope: the Valley of Jacmel; the mysterious region: Cap Haitian just drive to Milo where you will visit the eighth marvelous monument in the world: the Citadelle; the rice city: l'Ester, and a foreign city: Ouanaminthe in that city you don't know if you are in today's Haiti but it gives you an idea about the new Haiti, you will meet open minded people with creativity.

Why go to Haiti?

Many had portrait Haiti negatively even the dissenting sons and daughters of this country, but my friends Haiti is not Port-au-Prince.

Can you imagine the crime rate in Washington DC, visiting only DC, you won't say that you have visited the United States, unless you are joking.

As a real tourist, you will visit Disney world, Universal Studio, Coca Cola, Stone Mountain park, Hollywood, and many zoos (..) the same thing applies if you visit Haiti.

Go to the CITADELLE, visit Pestel, Fort-Liberte, Ouanaminthe, Hinche, Cayes, Gonaives, Jeremie, La Tortue, and Mirebalais ( I don't even mention Port-au-Prince that's mean, it is not important; do you care about visiting Washington DC when you visit the United States)

Why go to Haiti?

Just go and see for yourselves.

You will see people who will open their home for you, they will help you freely my friends, and our hospitality is none to one. This is why many who had visited Haiti felt in love with the country.

Since I'm a Haitian native you might think that I'm biased, I invite you to approach anyone who had visited Haiti (except the detractors of the nation), they will tell you that the country is poor but Haiti is an amazing place to visit.

How these people survive the worst misery of human kind?

Why so many who had visited Haiti open their heart to assist Haitian kids?

Why do you see many US citizen, Canadian citizen and others are more Haitian than Haitian?

Why many foreigners are learning the Creole language just to go to assist our brothers and sisters?

Why?

Now, Why go to Haiti?

Why go to Israel?

Why go to the United States?

Why go to Canada, Bahamas or Jamaica?

My friends, visiting more countries will expend your knowledge, will make you more sensitive toward other people and make you aware that the world is not what you see in your environment

Flash!!! Focus
The Atlanta Convention
THEME: Linking Haitian Nationals, Haitian organizations and friends of Haiti
WHEN: June 25- 26, 2004

Joseph Alfred, Educator
P.O. Box 334
Smyrna, GA 30081
Email: hcrinfor [at] hcronline.org
URL: hcronline.org

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