[Ppnews] Father Gerald Jean Juste, political prisoner dying senselessly in Haiti

Political Prisoner News PPnews at freedomarchives.org
Tue Jan 24 13:05:11 EST 2006

Ezili Danto
Jan. 24, 2006
SFBayview: http://www.sfbayview.com/010406/kangamundele.shtml


Dear Friends,

The following letter was smuggled out of the Haitian National 
Penitentiary this week. Now that all of the serious charges against 
him have been dropped their is no excuse for the Haitian regime's 
continued imprisonment of this leading human rights advocate. Father 
Jean-Juste has been diagnosed with Leukemia and his life is in danger 
if he is not immediately released to travel to the US for urgent 
medical treatment.

Please join us for an important press conference at 11 AM this 
morning at the office of Veye Yo , 28 NW 54 St, Miami. For Further 
Information contact:  Lavarice Gaudin at 786-290-1750 or Jack 
Lieberman at 305-582-4846

Friends, Compatriots and All:

It is not easy for me to communicate to you through the media.  It is
forbidden by my jailers.  That order comes from the Big Boss, the
invisible one in Haiti.

With heart broken I have followed most of the big events in Haiti.  Year
2005 has been very rough in Haiti.  Tragedy after tragedy.  As we have
survived it, I remain grateful to God for you and for me.

With the grace of God, I hope that you and I and all men and women of good
will are doing our best to drastically improve life in Haiti.

My health is quitting me.  Some physicians say that a type of cancer called
leukemia is attacking my cells.  Death may come soon if I do not receive
treatment.  Supporters from Haiti and around the world are keeping the
pressure on.  Others are calling to the living God with tears in their
eyes.  Unfortunately, some people think I am faking.  They wish my death.

Whatever position someone may take does not matter to me.  Doing God's
will has been my motto.  On February 7, 2006, I will reach the age of 60
years.  I think I was very lucky in this life.  Most of my compatriots died
between 45 and 55 years.  I am already an exception.

If I can, I would like to take the opportunity to raise the death issue
before I depart from earth.  Each one of us has to go.  Unfortunately I
will leave more work for you.  However, I believe God always arises new
workers for his vineyard.  Plus, from above, I'll be so busy meeting
God's family members who enter heaven, so do not worry about me.

As I am writing this communique, some people, friends of mine, enter the
jail crying, with tears flowing down their cheeks.   That makes me
uncomfortable, but what can I do to stop it?

Death in the risen Christ is not the end of life.  It is a passage, a
necessary one from earth to heaven.  I am looking forward to discover,
thanks to Jesus, the glorious heavenly life.  So many ancestors, friends,
relatives, parents, martyrs, militants, justice and freedom lovers to

Do not worry for me, as Jesus once told us worry on yourselves. Worry 
on yourselves.  You have work to do.  You do not have the means yet,
or the means may be hidden.  Please listen to God, enjoy putting his gospel
into your lives and with him God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
you will build a better world.

Open your intelligence, open your hearts and minds and be creative to
exploit the wealth in our own world, to make a better living for each
other.  Yes, you can.  Yes, we can.  Let love triumph, let its fruits be
shared and happy days for all.

Finally, let me tell you as a Christian I believe in miracles.  Miracles
individually and collectively.  Nothing is impossible for God.  God may
directly touch me and I may live a few more years with you.  He may work
marvelously through physicians and make miracles take place.

Be in peace!  Do your best.  Let the will of God be done.

Au revoir!
Gerard Jean-Juste

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