IJDH Intern Rodline Louijeune and Communications Coordinator Kermshlise Picard are both featured in this inspirational article about activism across borders, along with former Massachusetts State Rep. Marie St. Fleur. The women talk about how they help their parents’ native country even from here in the United States, and the power the U.S. has to improve the situation in Haiti.
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SPECIAL FEATURE: BOSTON’S HAITIAN-AMERICAN ACTIVISTS FIGHT FOR JUSTICE ACROSS BORDERS AND GENERATIONS
Part II in ‘A Higher Allegiance: The Rise of a Transnational Identity in Boston’s Immigrant Communities,’ a BINJ series
Joshua Eaton, Dig Boston
December 11, 2015
Rodline Louijeune still tears up when she talks about the earthquake that hit Haiti in January 2010. She had visited Port-au-Prince just a few months before to see her uncle. While she was born and raised in Boston, her parents grew up in Haiti. This was Louijeune’s first visit in years, and her uncle made a special effort to show her the island’s beauty.
It was the last time she saw her uncle alive. He was among the estimated 200,000 Haitians who died in the magnitude seven quake, which devastated much of the country. When Louijeune returned that May to take care of her uncle’s final affairs, she saw a country struggling to recover.
Growing up, Louijeune’s father would take her and her sisters to rallies and pay them a dollar to read the newspaper. Her uncle’s death reinforced that connection, Louijeune says. She decided to take an internship at the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) last summer and traveled there with a delegation that observed the situation faced by migrants forced out of the Dominican Republic.
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