Tayi and Shelony,
Glad to hear from both of you, after so long. Things are indeed going in the wrong direction in Haiti. However, i would caution against pessimism - one because it is counterproductive and two because our past teaches us that, as a people born in struggle, we must not desire to foresee the day of victory as a factor to motivate us. Right in the middle of 1803, mothers were watching in horror the fruits of their wombs being devoured by Rochambeau's human-eating dogs. The Africans could not see how they would manage to rid the island of the barbaric slavers. Yet, it came to pass on a blessed November 18, 1803 day. The culmination of hundreds of years of struggle which started from the shores of Africa, the Atlantic ocean, islands, mainlands, transportation, sales, sell-outs, betrayal, deceptions, depressions, isolation.....through it all we survived...a granddaughter saw what her elder had conceived only in her dreams....But, it is the fact that she had the audacity to dream during the worst season of all that Vertieres came to be. Beni yo ! epi alalit pitit zaka, alalit!