We are all horrified by the current news out of Haiti. I will not recite them here, for we already know them.
Rather, let’s go towards solutions.
Two key crises: security and the formation of a government.
It should be noted that there are precedents for implication of the Haitian diaspora in Haitian socioeconomic crises. For example, during the 2004 crisis, many people signed an “Appel” letter that seemed to have given some results.
I would suggest that the largest, most established diaspora organizations in the US, Canada led by the different Haitian-American Chambers of Commerce, promote and propose individuals of good records and reputation for the transition government for Haiti.
These individuals should be Haitians living in Haiti. I will name just a few here.
Edgar Leblanc Fils, former senator
Wilson Jeudy, mayor of Delmas
Steven Benoit, former senator
Senator Patrice Dumont
Uder Antoine, former executive director of electoral council
Florence Eli, former national ombudsman
Michel Soukar, historian
Daniel Rouzier, business owner
Bernard Gousse, former Justice minister
Sonel Jean-Francois, former director of anti-corruption
Marie-Yolène Gilles, human rights activist
Kelly C. Bastien, former Senator
Joseph Harold Pierre, Economist
We in the diaspora are legitimate stakeholders and have a solemn duty to add our voice to the voices of Haitians everywhere. If we remain mute, the wrong people will speak on our behalf!
Let us work with the association of elected Haitian-American officials, the Haitian American chambers of commerce to fight for the inclusion of trustworthy public servants in the Haitian government.