[News] Aristide - We thank all the true friends of Haiti

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Fri Jan 15 20:33:14 EST 2010

Dr Jean-Bertrand Aristide
Former President of Haiti
15 January 2010

We thank all the true friends of Haiti, in 
particular the Government and the people of South 
Africa for their solidarity with the victims of Haiti.

The concrete action undertaken by Rescue South 
Africa and Gift of the Givers is a clear 
expression of ubuntu. Ubuntu ngumuntu 
ngabantu.  As we all know, many people remain 
buried under tons of ruble and debris waiting to 
be rescued.  When we think of their suffering, we 
feel deeply and profoundly that we should be 
there, in Haiti, with them, trying our best to prevent death.

To symbolize this readiness we have decided to 
meet not just anywhere, but here, in the shadow 
of the Oliver Tambo International Airport.  As 
far as we are concerned, we are ready to leave 
today, tomorrow, at any time to join the people 
of Haiti, to share in their suffering, help 
rebuild the country, moving from misery to 
poverty with dignity.  Friends from around the 
world have confirmed their willingness to 
organize an airplane carrying medical supplies, 
emergency needs and ourselves.

While we cannot wait to be with our sisters and 
brothers in Haiti, we share the anguish of all 
Haitians in the Diaspora who are desperate to reach family and loved ones.

Soufrans youn nan nou se soufrans nou tout.
L’Union fait la force. Kouraj! Kenbe! Kenbe!
Youn soutni lòt nan lespri Mèm Amou an.

Our love to the nation now labeled the poorest of 
the western hemisphere.  However, the spirit of 
ubuntu that once led Haiti to emerge as the first 
independent Black nation in 1804; helped 
Venezuela, Columbia and Ecuador attain liberty; 
and inspired our forefathers to shed their blood 
for the United States’ independence, cannot 
die.  Today this spirit of solidarity must and 
will empower all of us to rebuild Haiti.

kwaliwa umthakathi.
                                                                  Thank you.

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