Undeterred by the turmoil currently searing through the heart of Haiti, there is very exciting news coalescing in the mix! A shining prospect for an empowering new tomorrow, which must be pursued to fruition. There is strong hope for non-infectious water to be flowing in the formerly bountiful Land of the Mountains. There is a sound ambition that the children and elders might be able to take a drink of water without fearing that this cholera-tainted cup might be their last. There is also a vigorous and substantial will that as a historical first, the impoverished masses constituting the majority of victims of the cholera epidemic might receive direct and principled redress for loss of Life, suffering, and misery.
The cholera brought to Haiti by UN soldiers has now spread beyond the Dominican Republic and Cuba, all the way to Mexico!! The United Nations troops must be made to pay for their grave violations. They must understand that wherever they inflict injury on the infirm and crisis-stricken Peoples, a vociferous outcry will be heard. They cannot be above the very people they are meant to serve. The sovereignty of nations must be respected, all Human Rights rigorously upheld! Civil society members the world over are vigilant of abuses. We must all do our part to keep watch.
Moreover, we must support the courageous lawyers of IJDH and BAI. They are held in such high esteem for their precious contributions on these grounds: Working tirelessly and pro bono for the many just causes that bring healing to Ayiti. Selflessly struggling in a land often mired with injustices and corruption. Always keeping their “eyes on the prize.” Always diligently doing for their and Our people.
The International Affairs Commission of N’COBRA*, as both Haitians and Non-Haitians, stands firmly (kenbe fèm) with IJDH and BAI. We shall be there both nationally and internationally to support, witness and address developments unfolding in Haiti. From Defending Human Rights Defenders to Rape Accountability and Prevention, from the Duvalier Prosecution to the Cholera Justice Case, we shall be there.
Due process, like a burning hunger, is long overdue. In unity we shall struggle; in solidarity prevail!! Nou la, N’ap Kombat ak Pèp Ayisyen a!!
Free the Land!! Reparations Now!!
International Affairs Commission of N’COBRA*
P.S. Please watch this 6-minute video to hear cholera victims themselves explain why they deserve justice.
*The National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America