Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Haiti-Ayiti (Schools of the Americas – Lisa Sullivan)

From October 1-7, SOA Watch activists traveled to Haiti to learn more about he UN occupation there and the effects of militarization on the Haitian society. Lisa Sullivan, Poems by Mary Ann Perrone Yes, my name is Troy Davis, but my name is also Haiti But Haiti is’t dead. sentenced to death by debt, coup, occupation, earthquake, cholera, and NGO Haiti refuses to die I have been back for ten days from Haiti. My report should have been written and sent off days ago. I usually start writing it before the plane’s wheels even lift off from the country I am visiting, trying to capture the experience while fresh. But Haiti is…………well, different. As I boarded the plane to leave Port-au-Prince ten days ago, I simultaneously couldn’t wait for the plane to lift off, and couldn’t stand the idea of […]

“Until the Day I Die”: Gerta Louisama on Haitian Women Winning their Rights

By. Beverly Bell August 2, 2011 – Gerta Louisama is a member of the Executive Committee and the National Women’s Committee of Tèt Kole Ti Peyizan Ayisyen, Heads Together Small Producers of Haiti, Haiti’s largest and oldest peasant group.  She is also head of the local Tèt Kole Women’s Committee in her village of Savanette.  Here she speaks about the Tèt Kole’s efforts to win recognition, social equality, and economic rights for rural Haitians, especially women. I am a peasant women and the daughter of two peasants. I’ve been a victim of this society which ostracizes women. My father was a member of Tèt Kole and I chose to follow him and join the organization. I’ve gotten all my knowledge through Tèt Kole. I’m illiterate, but thanks to the organization, after women helped me for three months, I could even […]

Why I’m sitting in IJDH’s Boston Office? (Nancy Young, IJDH Volunteer)

By. Nancy Young , IJDH Volunteer A couple of weeks ago at this time, I was smiling insanely into my cell phone, saying to a Haitian friend, “Dis jou! Dis jou!” 10 days, 10 days to Haiti. Not quite. With twa jou  to Haiti (3 days), the same friend, seeing sometimes violent protests  over disputed election results told me that the situation was too unpredictable and he did not want me to be in danger.  I knew, too, that if things did get really bad, my Haitian friends would be less safe themselves if they had to pay attention to protecting me. It put a hole in my heart, but I knew I had to cancel the trip. First I took a swig of Haitian rum and went for a walk. Then, feeling very sorry for myself, but trying to […]

“Haitians in IDP Camps are living better now than before the earthquake? Are you kidding me?”

Update from Nicole Phillips, IJDH Staff Attorney currently working in Haiti I find it difficult to write about Haiti when in Haiti because the experience is overwhelming.  I spend my days there trying to make something happen for people struggling to survive day after day.  People all around me are losing hope that their country and their lives will ever get better – from our staff at BAI who lost family members, to victims of rape who remain in the same camp as their rapists, to families without any income struggling to feed their children. Walking or driving around Port au Prince you see families living in homeless encampments everywhere you go.  (1,342 internal displacement (IDP) camps in the Port au Prince area was the official count in June)  It’s what I imagine refugee camps to be like in armed […]

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