Nous pa dwe blye Ayiti (We must not forget Haiti).
It has been two years since the catastrophic turn of events that occurred in the historical country of Haiti.
In the weeks following the incident lives were lost, people were displaced and humanitarians reached out from countries far and wide.
As the people of Haiti began to piece their lives back together, acts of kindness and humbleness were shown throughout the entire world. Today as we reflect on the horrific ordeal, I challenge you not to forget Haiti.
As a young black woman of Haitian descent, my family has always reminded me of the spirit of my Haitian people. My father particularly would always vividly describe stories of his journey to America at the age of ten years old. He explained to my brother and I how our grandparents carried a resilient spirit no matter what situation they faced. He also made it known to us that though the country faced obstacles, Haiti has always been a nation with rich culture and history.
On January 1, 1804, Haiti gained independence, becoming the first Latin American country, as well as the first independent black-led nation in the world. The resilience and strength of the people of Haiti impacted slaves in America and Britain to fight for freedom as well. Despite the violence and decline in the economy of the country, the rich history is something that Haitian people cherish.
As years have gone by, the people of Haiti have always kept an optimistic attitude, whether it's through poverty or victory.
While we in America sit and complain about the littlest thing, half the population of Haitian children are struggling without healthcare. Yet even with this demeaning factor, they are still grateful and hopeful for a brighter day.
We cannot forget Haiti because there is still work to be done. For Haiti to have such a rich culture and history we must help them preserve and carry on the legacy.
With a strengthening spirit that has lasted over 200 years the people of Haiti have gone on to prevail through their hardest times. They have produced politicians, celebrities and people who personify the spirit of their culture.
We have seen Haiti rise and fall as a country and for this, we cannot be absent minded of their continuous endurance.
“Lest We Forget."