During the celebration of Feast of Saint Clare in the Municipality of Marchand Dessalines, Artibonite, Fr. Alexis Robinson, the pastor of the church and the responsible of Justice and Peace for the Department of Artibonite urges Haitian officials to act to eliminate the cholera epidemic once for all. He also demands reparations for the victims of cholera and commends the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and its partners for their advocacy and legal work on behalf of the victims. Amongst the attendees were Haiti’s Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant and the Artibonite’s Senator Gracia Delva, also a native of Marchand Dessalines and Mario Joseph of BAI.
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Feast of St. Clare, Marchand Dessalines, Haiti: English version of Fr. Robinson Alexis’s statement
Dear friends, let the Pastor of the Parish and the Director of Justice and Peace of the Diocese of Gonaives keep you for a few minutes on behalf of all important sectors of the City and the Department of Artibonite not only to thank you, but to also remind you that cholera is still here, particularly in the neighboring areas such as Villard, Duvallon, Carrefour Ogé, Poste Pierrot, Fiéfé (ou Petit Cahos) La Croix (ou Grand Cahos)… and even inside the Catholic Church of Marchand Dessalines, because it has been one year since they buried a member of the usher’s ministry that everyone in the area liked…
So what really hurts me the most is the fact that none of the parishioners could assist at her/his funeral because they were afraid of being contaminated. So I had to celebrate his/her life without her/his remains. We are not here open a wound that already healed, but also we don’t want anyone to hide his/her pain.
Fortunately, our Prime Minister is a [medical] doctor and our senator is here too. Talk to those who are in charge. Everything is in your hand. The cholera already killed over 10,000 people and sickened 800,000 more. We want to commend the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and its team throughout the country, the members of the Parliament, the government and everyone who have been fighting not only for the elimination of the disease but also for victims of cholera to obtain reparations. Even though the victims are poor, they have rights and dignity.