“When will the dead be left in peace?” This question was repeatedly asked of me by closest colleagues, (and others around us), as we witness yet another display of ignorance and political opportunism at the ceremonial mass grave site in Titanyen. While at the time I was to angry to allow words to escape
In November of 2014, as I found myself navigating Haiti’s treacherous political waters, I had this to say: “I have always gone to great lengths to avoid involving myself in Haitian politics, or in the geopolitics that permeates this vulnerable nation. That said, sometimes it is necessary to walk an uneasy path as one
Unlike any of my previous trips to Haiti over the last 5 years, as I prepare to board my plane I am more anxious that normal and unsure as to what challenges or types of situations (riots, collapse of the government) await my arrival. I guess a country in crisis and teetering on the edge
‘For the fallen there is only silence. It is we who make the noise.’ These words came to me in 2010 when I first knelt amongst the visible bones and human carnage in Titanyen. They struck me like a hammer to an anvil and they still resonate within my soul each and everyday. As
4 years ago today close to 300,000 Haitians lost their lives in less time than it will take you to read this post. If being crushed to death wasn’t a cruel enough fate, most of the innocent victims found their way into the back of dump trucks and were unceremoniously deposited into mass burial
It’s right around 7:30 pm and I have just landed in Miami. All around me the hum of life fills my senses and I am thankfully for this much-needed infusion of energy. As my recent posts had indicated, over the course of the last 8-days I interacted with scores of people in a wide-array
A few months ago I passed along one of my favorite quotes which went something like this: “One day your life will pass before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching.” If I lived to be 100 years old, I may never have a day that surpasses today in scope or in sheer importance.
Today I met privately with two key members of President Martelly’s inner circle. One is the Special Counsel to the President and the other is the Special Counsel to the First Lady. Both individuals were very professional, and considering today was Sunday, quite gracious with their time. The purpose of our meeting was to discuss
Divine Intervention Yields An Opportunity to Thank Those Who Handled The Dead Following Haiti’s 2010 Earthquake
Three years ago today close to 300,000 Haitians lost their lives in less than a minute. If death wasn’t a cruel enough fate for the fallen, most found their way into the back of dump trucks and were unceremoniously buried in mass graves in a place called Titanyen. Only Dante could embrace such an
The focus of today’s activities centered on legal issues pertaining to the Haitian National Memorial and Peace Park. The former Minister of Justice, a member of my in-country steering committee, coordinated a meeting with key members of the Haitian legal community. The president of the Bar Association for all of Haiti agreed to communicate
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