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10.07.2016

So Tired

Picture of my mum's hometown (Les Cayes) in Haiti once Hurricane Matthew had its way days ago.
picture courtesy of CNN

The problem with natural disasters is that there's no one to blame for them except God, and that's hardly ever....useful.
I'm doing my best-thanks for the messages, though it is known that Haiti is my sweetest spot.
More importantly, our family and friends there are safe.
Even more importantly still, thousands of Haitians are NOT safe, and that fact is ever so.... tiring, as are countless other things...
So tired of Haiti always getting the shortest end of every god damn possible stick...
So tired of the media goons....
So tired of the persistent narratives of "poorest country in the western hemisphere", "resilient Haitians", "poor infrastructure", "yet another disaster for Haiti" etc..
So tired of the pictures of us floating online "smiling through disaster" (re:resilient)....
So tired of seeing our dead black bodies on display...
So tired of disaster after disaster....natural, political,social or otherwise...
So tired of the thousands of NGO's just waiting ever so eagerly to save the day...(however well intended SOME of them may be)
So tired of fundraised money never making its way to those who really need it....
So tired of people profiting from our suffering....
So tired of corrupt foreign influence in Haiti...
So tired of local corruption in Haiti....
So tired of collective trauma....
So tired of the somatization of unspoken grief...collective or individual...
So tired of them killing us....
So tired of us killing us....
So tired of feeling all the feels....
So tired of things not changing fast enough....
So tired of feeling like a useless "millennial twitter activist"....
So tired of us Haitians not being able to truly break free from the chains, though yes...yes...yes, we were indeed THE first independent black nation....
So tired of depending on faith and hope, when all I want is swift, effective, long-lasting action and change....
So tried of feeling tired....
But all the while, I can't help but to have the deep-seated dream, or rather-BELIEF, that one day Haiti will indeed, rise from the ashes-a victorious Phoenix...a true sight...
Alas, this is the human condition. To hope and to dream.
If you are looking to help, please consider donating actual supplies (water, flashlights, batteries, etc.) to reputable organizations in your location, or better yet, in Haiti. This is more immediately helpful than money. Message me for suggestions. Also message me if you're down for YOLO-ing and hopping on a plane to Haiti with me to provide direct physical assistance.
So much love and light to loved ones from the other islands and places in the U.S who are dealing with the blows of hurricane Matthew.

Currently working on ways to build solidarity between Seattle and Haiti. In the process of organization donations and planning an aid trip down there.

Men anpil, chay pa lou!! Many hands make light work!

More details to come.

Stay engaged,
N

1 comment:

  1. My thoughts EXACTLY! Much love to your mom's hometown <3

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