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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Toussaint L'Ouverture

Haiti intrigues me. 5 main things drew me to thinking about this country I am yet to visit. The first two are negatives:
1. hearing about voodoo in reference to Haiti as a child. scary stuff.
2. After arguing about Malawi not being the poorest country in the world, my colleague came back to me and conceded, "Ok, I checked, it's not your country that's poorest, it's Haiti." Still don't want to know which country is really the poorest because I don't believe in stats.... they're all fairly dodgy but it's not Haiti really, according to the stats. used, Haiti is deemed to be the poorest in the Western Hemisphere not the whole world.
3. The Haitian president's exile, in Africa.

The positive things that drew me to thinking about Haiti are:
1. My dad is a Professor in French so I really loved the Haitian origin music videos growing up! Picked up a little Creole of my own.
2. and the other is what I am learning now, that the truth about Haiti is only partly told, if told at all. That the only successful large-scale slave revolt happened there.

Thus my mind is keen on finding out more about Toussaint L'Ouverture, the revolution and why this country is deemed poorest. What is the reality of the economic situation there and what world citizens are doing, or not doing about it...I must sound like I have a lot of time on my hands but really, this has began to intrigue me more and more. Perhaps in my pursuit of knowledge about Haiti I can learn something new about our economic situations here in Africa.

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