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Haitian Women's Soccer Team Looking For Support As They Prepare For The 2015 Women's World Cup


Haitian Women’s Soccer Team Looking For Support As They Prepare For The 2015 Women’s World Cup


HAITI-slide-9DYI-slideHow amazing would it be for our country to being back the Women’s world cup trophy. It hurts me to hear the women say the Haitian community don’t support them, but that’s their reality…

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Former Haiti president Duvalier dies


Haiti’s former ruler Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier has died of a heart attack in the capital Port-au-Prince aged 63, official sources say.

Duvalier was just 19 when in 1971 he inherited the title of “president-for-life” from his father, the notorious Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier.

He was accused of corruption, human rights abuses and repression in his rule, which ended in a 1986 uprising.

After years of exile in France, he returned to Haiti in 2011.

His death was announced by Haiti’s health minister, and the ex-leader’s attorney Reynold Georges confirmed he died at home on Saturday.

Lavish wedding

At the time of his swearing in, Jean-Claude Duvalier was the youngest president in the world.

Initially it seemed that there could be a significant move away from his father’s harsh regime, underpinned as it was by Haiti’s notorious secret police, the Tontons Macoutes, says BBC world affairs correspondent Mike Wooldridge.

He moved closer to the Americans, from whom his father had been estranged. US businesses moved in and he allowed limited press freedom.

But Jean-Claude Duvalier lived lavishly. His state-sponsored wedding reportedly cost $5m in 1980, while most of the people in his ravaged nation endured the worst poverty in the Western hemisphere.

Repression continued, too, and amid massive unrest in 1986 he fled to France.

Human rights groups say thousands of political prisoners were tortured or killed under his rule, and he was accused of massive corruption.

He described his return to Haiti - a year after it was devastated by a major earthquake, as a gesture of solidarity to the nation.

But he was arrested and charged, and although released he finally appeared in court in February 2013, where in an emotionally-charged hearing in front of some of his alleged victims, he denied responsibility for abuses carried out during his time as president.

Judges ruled he could face crimes against humanity charges, but the case had stalled some time before he died.

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In Haiti, An ‘American Idol’-Style Contest About Child Slavery
Haiti’s got talent.
Tamarre Joseph paces the stage, her sleek, short blue dress hugging her pencil-thin frame. She works the hometown crowd, rapping "Nap rive peyi san restavek."
The thousands in the packed stadium jump and sing along. An entire section of men take off their shirts and wave them overhead.
A rain cloud hangs ominously over the national soccer stadium in downtown Port-au-Prince, blocking the view of the mountains beyond. At one end of the stadium sits a stage with the words “Chante Pou Libete” above their English translation: “Songs for Freedom.”
"Nap rive peyi san restavek."
We will be a country without restaveks.
This concert, free to the public, was billed as a way to speak about the unspoken: Haiti’s deplorably large population of restaveks — child slaves.
It’s certainly unusual to have an American Idol-style competition for songs about slavery. And it’s definitely ironic that this event is taking place in the home of the world’s only successful slave revolt.
The 2013 Global Slavery Index ranks Haiti second in the world for modern slavery, with an estimated 200,000 to 220,000 slaves. Only Mauritania is worse. While that number includes adults, the vast majority are minors. Restavek roughly translates to “stay with” in Creole (“avec” is French for with). Often, families from the countryside send young children to live with wealthier families in Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital. In exchange for a promised better life and education, the child will contribute to household chores like cooking, washing clothes and fetching water.
In thousands of cases, children are forced into servitude: They take on most, if not all, of the household work, they’re beaten and sexually assaulted, they never get the education they hoped to earn.
Continue reading.
Photo :Frantzita Dede, who’s 19, sings “Let’s Help Them” — the child slaves of Haiti.
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Amour Creole/BET -  A 25-year-old restaurant owner was recently crowned Miss Haiti on Sunday in the Caribbean country’s capital of Port-au-Prince.
As the crowd of more than 400 people chanted her name and gave her a standing ovation, a crowned Carolyn Desert repeatedher vows: “I’m going to support the youth. I’m going to support women. I’m going to support the poor.”
Among Desert’s winning traits was her reputation for supporting artists and helping impoverished children and her wide smile, which earned her a “most photogenic” award, AP reports.
Another big moment of the night for Desert occurred during the question-and-answer portion of the pageant. According to the AP, Desert said that Haitian women have more to offer than looks: “Perseverance, courage, resilience.” Her eloquent response reportedly garnered a huge round of applause.
Desert’s closely cropped natural hair also sparked a national debate about whether competitors should embrace their natural hair instead of wearing hair extensions or straight hair like a majority of the 21 pageant participants.
As Miss Haiti 2014, Desert will compete in the Miss World competition in London in December and represent the nation on trips sponsored by Haiti’s tourism ministry.
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The entire team at haitianhistory on tumblr wishes you a very Happy Haitian Flag Day! 
Anonymous asked:
love the blog, its cool seeing a lot of Haitian things online because I live in England an I seriously believe im the only Haitian here lol , Do you live in the US?

Well thank you! And yes I live in the US.

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Today in Haitian History - April 2, 1770 - Birth of Alexandre Pétion. Alexandre Sabès Pétion was a Haitian revolutionary and later president of the Republic. 
While Pétion sided with André Rigaud’s army (Toussaint Lovertrue’s major opponent) in some of the earlier battles of the Haitian Revolution, he later changed alliance to join Toussaint’s successor Jean-Jacques Dessalines. After Dessalines’ assasination in 1806, the constitutional crisis of 1807 and Haiti’s secession, Pétion became president of Southern Haiti. He died in office in 1818.
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Kids of Oranger, Haiti. Our efforts will be focused on making sure every child in this village goes to school.
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Photo: A. Perryman
Anonymous asked:
How can I get this painting? It is so beautiful. I love this.

Which painting are you talking about?