In Haiti, people with disabilities are often discriminated against and kept apart from other children while they’re growing up. In a rural community called Leveque, some strides have been made to better serve deaf families, like having the school and church include Haitian sign language in their operations. In March, the murder of three deaf women on their way home rocked this little community. Mario Joseph of BAI is the lead attorney on that case and fighting to get justice for these women’s families.
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Triple Murder Shakes Colony Of Deaf People In Rural Haiti
Andrez Martinez Casares, One America News Network
September 2, 2016
LEVEQUE, Haiti (Reuters) – A triple murder has shaken the village of Leveque in rural Haiti, testing the community and sense of security nurtured by its large population of deaf families who were relocated there after the devastating earthquake six years ago.
The murders of three deaf women, Vanessa Previl, Monique Vincent and Jesula Gelin as they tried to get home from the capital Port-au-Prince in March seemed a chilling reminder of the prejudices and superstition that many in the village grew up with, even in their own homes.
Built after the earthquake by Mission of Hope, a U.S. religious charity, and housing a high proportion of deaf families among its 615 households, Leveque’s modest tin-roofed homes and unpaved streets have become a place of tolerance in an often hostile outside world.
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