Ezili Danto

Ezili Danto
August 01
Ezili Dantò is an award winning playwright, a performance poet, author and human rights attorney. She was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and raised in the USA. She holds a BA from Boston College, a JD from the University of Connecticut School of law. She is a human rights lawyer, cultural and political activist and the founder and president of the Ezili’s Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network (HLLN). She runs the Haitian Perspectives on-line journal and the Ezili Dantò Newsletter. Ezili’s HLLN is the recognized leading and most trustworthy international voice in Haiti advocacy, human rights work, Haiti news and Haiti news analysis. HLLN’s work is central to those concerned with the welfare of the people of Haiti, Haiti capacity building, sovereignty, institutionalization of the rule of law, and justice and peace without occupation or militarization. Ezili Dantò is also an educator who specializes in teaching about the light and beauty of Haitian culture; the Symbolic and Archetypal Nature of Haitian Vodun; the illegality and immorality of forcing neoliberal policies on Haiti and the developing world... Since the UN-imported cholera outbreak on October 2010, Ezili' HLLN has insisted that environmental clean-up, clean water and sanitation are the only permanent solution to stop the UN cholera spread. Zili Dlo is a humanitarian project that provides free clean water. For more go to the Ezili Danto/HLLN websites at http://www.ezilidanto.com/ and http://www.ezilidanto.com/zili

FEBRUARY 8, 2010 9:57PM

A call for help from Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti

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Action Alert: A call for help from Croix-des-Bouquets at zone Li Lavoix, Haiti

Podcast of interview with Ezili Dantò of HLLN on Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Feb. 8, 2010 (mp3)


Our good friend, a fellow artist and an HLLN colleague, Carl Thelemaque, just called from Haiti. His number is (o11 509) 3711 - 1771. But I don't know if he will have resources on his phone for long. But he needs HELP now. If you're not in Haiti, you can help by asking someone you know who is in Haiti to go lend a hand. Or, you can send a money donation directly to Carl through Western Union, et al.

Zili, he said, I'm taking care of 1500 children in Croix-des-Bouquets at zone Li Lavoix along with their families since the earthquake. We need help. We need food, water, medicine, tents and, and flashlights.

For medicine we need anti-diarrhea, antibiotics, hygienic Kits and medicine to stop blood clots. (See, HLLN's list of Urgent Items Needed by the Earthquake Victims in Haiti at http://bit.ly/aJhBH1 )

Tell the people something for me, he says. Tell them that injured people I send to the Dominican Republic for help, have mostly come back with limbs missing. That's all they are doing cutting, cutting, cutting and then closing the wound up and releasing the people. The doctors there are cutting off EVERYTHING, arms, legs, toes, feet, fingers. You have a cut or a wound and they just cut off the limbs. The people returning from the DR are always missing a limb. They are doubly traumatized and more depressed. Tell the people that for me. This can't go on like this anymore.

And the people giving us food are taking all our dignity. They make us run long distances to get the food they are dropping. It's humiliating. Or, they have you standing in long, long lines and give you one bottle of water to share with ten people. It's hurtful and very humiliating.

Can you get us some food to us, Zili. We have babies who need to eat tonight. Really. Some baby food. Some water and milk, maybe. But we really need tents. I can't sleep at night watching over everyone, cause you don't know who will come in and do what.

I'm tired, Carl said. I'm really, really tired. When the earthquake hit, I only
survived because I'm used to feeling the subway rumbling under my feet from the apartment in New York. So I got up from my chair in the studio where I was working and stepped outside. If I hadn't walked out. I would be dead. Everything crumbled and the chair I vacated was crushed flat.

It's a good thing I have my truck. What I do is drive the injured up to the
Dominican Republic and then go pick them up. I've been doing that since the earthquake and trying to get food for everyone in my zone at Li Lavoix. I'm tired. I can't tell you the devastation. Nothing can describe it, but you've been in Haiti so you know. I need an anti-directic myself now. I'm really tired, Zili. We need a doctor, doctors. I can't drive to the DR too much anymore. I'm too, too exhausted..

I'll get the word out Carl, I say. Call the Dr. Lassegue from AMHE at General Hospital. Let him know your situation and that we asked for help for you. Here's the number. How far is it from you to Father Jean Juste's old parish at St. Claire? About an hour, he says. Ok. I'll write this up to the Ezili Network and call on everyone who may be near you to come help. If not, go to Plas Kazo and ask for Lavarice Gaudin. He'll help. Call me and let me know. Kenbe la, pa lage - Hold on, keep your head up.

Ezili Dantò
Monday at 6:oo pm
February 8, 2010



Forwarded by Ezili's Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network

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Start the phone tree and the emails people!
I've posted this along with pictures of Carl in Haiti with the kids, ML.