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What the Situation of Street Children in Port-au-Prince is Telling a Haitian Citizen

Written by Abdoulaye Bah · Translated by Rakotomalala On 8 December 2013 @ 19:12 pm | 2 Comments

In Caribbean, Citizen Media, Development, French, Governance, Haiti, Human Rights, Politics, Quick Reads, Youth

Valéry Moise, a Haitian physician and activist, reflects upon the dire situation of street children [fr] [1]in Port-au-Prince :

Moi, quand je regarde un enfant des rues briser une vitre, je vois une promesse électorale non tenue, quand je regarde un enfant sans idéal, je vois un gouvernement sans vision, quand je regarde un enfant manquer de respect à une loi établie, je vois de policiers et officiels circuler en sens inverse, quand je regarde un enfant essuyer une voiture aux heures de classe, je vois une société touchant le fond de l’abîme. Rendez-moi fou ou sage, je verrai toujours à travers les enfants l’image des adultes.

When I witness a child breaking a window, what it tells me is that another promise by a politician went unfulfilled. When I see a child without a dream, it tells me that the government is lacking a vision for the country. When a child does not respect the law, what I see are police forces going the other way. When I see a child cleaning cars when he should be at school, I see a society that has reached the bottom of the ocean. Color me crazy or wise, but I will always see the characters of the adults through the behavior of their children.  

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[1] the dire situation of street children [fr] : http://ayitifrancophone.mondoblog.org/2013/12/06/ce-que-les-mots-taisent-les-actes-le-disent/#comment-63

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