Barb wrote:I found it graphic, exploitative and heart wrenching, especially the "fix" at the end where the mother under the encouragement of ABC stood up to her husband, was reunited with her child and then thrown out onto the street for defying her husband. The mother chooses to place the child in an orphanage and you see the departure of the mother and the absolute desolation of the little girl. I don't know what the solution is but this obviously isn't it.
Guysanto wrote:Barb, thank you for bringing this to our attention. I found it exploitative as well. It seemed that they made a sport out of it. Does the news division need to manufacture sensation to call attention to a social problem? In doing so, don't they exacerbate the problem by showing people who may be so inclined how easily and cheaply they may buy child labor and prostitution in Haiti?
When it comes to Haitians, everything seems to be fair game to the news makers. Haitians are portrayed as worshiping devils, eating mud pies, selling their children, and participating in other sensationalistic activities that make us the complete freaks of the Western Hemisphere. It's not enough that we are labeled the poorest (never described as the most impoverished, historically). It's not enough that we are famished. It's not enough that parents are overburdened with too many mouths to feed. We must be portrayed as completely vulnerable to the "bargain hunters", those who can buy our bodies as well as our souls on the cheap, including a wide range of sex profiteers encompassing pedophiles, propagators of the AIDS virus, U.N. Helmet rapists, tourists/journalists with voracious sexual appetites; extending to proselytizers who can "save more souls" in Haiti with a fistful of dollars than they could anywhere else. In the end, nothing is ever done to effectively lower the misery index, but the conversation at the water cooler can change from "did you know that Haitians eat mud pies?" to "did you know that Haitians sell their children for as little as 100 dollars?" Yep, thanks to ABC News and other manufacturers of freak news reports based on the sensationalism of human poverty.
Would they link those effects to the lack of domestic and foreign investments; the practices of discouraging local production in favor of cheap imports such as U.S. rice and "dark meat" chicken; the grotesquely insane profits of Big Oil companies that drive up the prices of just about all staples in already overexploited markets; the adoption of foreign structures of power sharing that are undermined by tradition and corruption; the collection of interest on debts contracted in confidentiality at the highest levels and disbursed only at same levels; the loss of autonomy and the propensity of foreign intervention; the lack of accountability in government and the fundamental weaknesses of our law enforcement and penal systems; the absence of fairness in trade policies; the lack of jobs, the migration of labor and the brain drain. Granted those are factors the full understanding of which may require substantive education in international politics, economics and finance, but wouldn't it be an infinitely better use of the news media to begin to explain the world in which we live in terms that lead to further exploration by those who seek to understand and/or lift our burdens than sensationalist ones like "let's compete and see in just how few hours we can purchase a Haitian slave child" ?Barb wrote:I found it graphic, exploitative and heart wrenching, especially the "fix" at the end where the mother under the encouragement of ABC stood up to her husband, was reunited with her child and then thrown out onto the street for defying her husband. The mother chooses to place the child in an orphanage and you see the departure of the mother and the absolute desolation of the little girl. I don't know what the solution is but this obviously isn't it.
I did not see the original program, only the video provided by the media link on ABC's site. That "fix" which you describe and comment on is conspicuously absent. Could it be that the purveyors of sensational journalism found that segment not as easily packaged for their intended markets and therefore edited "the fix" due to the absence of any soothing factor? Obviously, a look of lingering gratitude from the little girl would have been far more preferable to their eyes than "the absolute desolation" originally portrayed that was perhaps too conducive to a moral hangover.
Nevertheless, I hope that Haitian society leaders will have seen this episode and others like it that are practically force-fed to a North American and even international public with frightful regularity, and understand that as Haiti is driven through the mud, so are they. And no one else will take the measures to stop this.
1) A restavèk in Haiti is always poor, often exploited and in some instances the victim of sexual abuse but the use of the word «slave» to refer to a "restavèk" is grossly misleading and done for racist political reason.
2) True, in Haiti, there are millions of extremely impoverished child labourers, abused children who are not getting the protection they deserve from their government, parents, society, world community.
3) it is wickedly disingenuous to suggest that this form of child abuse is practiced in Haiti because, 200 years after fighting for and winning their freedom, the negroes who inhabit Haiti know not anything better than that the barbaric white slavers taught them. This may be suitable for the bulk of businessweek.com's readership - especially in the wake of Durban - but it is nothing more than ignorant white supremacist propaganda. And I, for one, find no reason to use hypocritically-correct language to describe it.
Furthermore, I am not at all comforted by the fact that, according to Ms. Hoag's article, the Haitian Government has as it's main allies in this most important fight against child abuse (including the practice of «restavèk»), organizations that have, at best, a very questionable record in these very matters.
The experiences of empovrished First Nation's children at the hands of the Catholic Church in Canada (see: the story of the Children of Duplessis), in Australia and, of course black children in Haiti, Africa and all over south America recommends serious caution and alertness. Pingga nou kouri pou lapli n al tonbe nan larivyè! Is it not also true that children are sometimes stolen from Haiti, the Philippines and other places by sexual perverts dressed as saviours travelling by plane!!!
Perhaps, this article signals that it is high time for the Haitian government to recognise and act upon the fact that institutions such as Foyer Maurice Sixto, named after this great Haitian intellectual who brought the fight against the practice of «restavèk» to the forefront of Haitian consciousness and popular culture in the 80's, should be for the most part managed by Haitians, for Haitians and, of course, with Haitians funds. Otherwise, we run the risk of, once again, seeing the plight of the poorest of the poor among us be hijacked and exploited by those who have a hidden and most malicious agenda.
Trad: I don't see the difference between a White Man coming to America to sell an African and some other giving a child to make ends meet.mwen te vle di ke mwen pa wE diferans ant lE oun moun po lanvE te vinn an Amerik li vann oun Afriken ak oun lOt ki fE kado oun ti Moun pou la vi miyO
..ke mEt kay la pa mete dOmi nan menm kote ak ti moun parEy li.
..ti Moun ki pa manje menm manje ak lOt Moun.
..li pa manje sou tab ak lOt moun.
..li pa al nan menm lekOl ak lOt moun...
Trad: ..that the head of household will not allow to sleep in the same room as his own children ..that the "timoun" (usually called that way, not the currently fashionable "restavèk - reste avec" term preferred by human rights ideology) does not eat the same meals the others do ..he/she does not eat at the table with others ..he/she does not go to the same schools as others in the household...
slavery is the following. When it is the State that is practicing slavery, it takes much more to put an end to it. History is there to show how difficult it was to bring gvts. to ratify anti-slavery treaties and to put an end to slavery in their own territories. Even now, there are some contries that still pratice it, albeit not officially.State- sponsored
I feel that I won't be at Peace until I find every little Kid whom stayed at my House and do some types of reparation for the harm caused to these innocent Victims... So far, I found only one and gave him money to buy a land (that is all I could afford, I wish I could give more).
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