I barely know what to say about this story. I was born in Haiti in 1979. Baby Doc’s regime was still going strong. I was brought here by my father less than 2 years later. The country of my birth has always been a kind of mystery to me. I’ve only been back once since I left. I still feel a connection to Ayiti, as we say in Kreyol, however small & tenuous.

The school collapse is just another symptom of the poverty, corruption & general lawlessness that has gripped the country seemingly since it’s birth. It was the 1st Black republic in the world, it is the poorest country in the western hemisphere. I don’t claim to know a lot about Ayiti. All I know is what I read in the papers here in the U.S. & the little info that trickles to me from my mother. She listens to Haitian radio back in N.Y. It’s just a very sad situation.

Haiti comes from the Taino word for mountainous land Ayti. It was once full of forests & fertile soil. Massive deforestation & the erosion that followed has destroyed once fertile land. This in return contributes to poverty & widespread malnourishment. I have no idea what we can do to turn it around. A functioning & competent gov’t free of corruption seems like the best place to start. Ditto for the police force. Both of course suffer from the, well earned, low confidence the people have in them.

I don’t know folks, I’ll have to continue my thoughts on this at a later date. This is tough for me to write about.