So Yon Ayisyen has some competition now, and it's in English. Ayititoma (aka Alexandra) posted her first post this morning. It is superbly well written and leaves you with a complex set of emotions that might as well be the equivalent of a snapshot of my own brain sometimes: a mishmash of every emotion humanly possible all for this one place (or really its--errh my-- people). Much like Jamaican Francis Wade, she chose to return home against the tide and is particularly emotional today about the killing of former President Dumarsais Estime's wife last week:
I am from the Diaspora and have returned to Haiti to work, responding to that Haitian call, wanting to make a difference, sacrificed my family, my independence, my way of life, to living the difficulties of Haiti. I have myself fell in the hands of bandits but like the Estimé family, I stayed on. When will it be my turn? when will they ship my corpse to my mother? I ask myself. My mother with her daily calls constantly tell me Alexandra, you will not do that to me, YOU WILL NOT have them bring me your corpse, come back!
Also familiar is the blogger's annoyance at the one-dimensional image that just cannot begin to mirror the complexity of the Haitian mosaic:
When will our worlds stop colliding for the recognition of a Haitian society that is multifaceted and the acceptance that the real Haitian is composed of a mosaic of differences and not this homogeneous being that people want to portray us to be?The post is obviously a rant and thank God for the blogging medium because it's obvious AyitiToma needed to vent. I just wish she'd read this article I saw in AlterPresse the other day about a group of Haitians from all over the world who got together in Miami to revive Haitian tourism having understood that Haiti's crime problem is not worse than its neighbors' with thriving tourism industries. (Ask Trinidad's The Initiative Against Crime Blog.)
haiti - caribbean - crime - tourism - trinidad - jamaica
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