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Mourning the Loss of One of Our Own

By Emmanuel

Sunday, November 16, 2006

Farah: When she was in high school.

Today, I am deeply saddened by the horrible news of the death of an innocent young woman in Haiti. Facing such a hurtful reality, I felt that it was more than my duty somehow to pay tribute to that wonderful young woman and her grieving mother.

Farah Natasha Kerbie Dessources was only 20 years old, and a college student of L'ecole Normale Superireure (a renowned University in Haiti). According to the local media, this smart, well-educated young woman was abducted on November 14, 2006, and killed, a few days later, by her kidnappers who demanded a ransom of $30,000 US. The mother of the Ms. Kerbie, Mrs. Marie Maggie Dessources, did everything humanly possible to get her daughter back from captivity. Her efforts were met with disappointment, when she failed to come up with the ransom requested by her daughter's captors. Shortly after the passing of the deadline to fork up the money, she received a phone call from the kidnappers telling her where she would find her daughter's dead body. The local media found and identified the body of the young lady laying mutilated in the streets of an area called: Santo, located North of Port-au-Prince. Her arms were broken, her eyes gouged, and her body riddled with bullet wounds. The media confirmed that her abductors had raped her prior to her murder.

Now on behalf of the members of the Haitian Arawak Movement (Emmanuel and Pyram), we would like to offer our deepest condolences to the Dessources family. If there is anything at all that we can do to help, please do not hesitate to email us at contactus@haitianarawak.com to tell us how we could help.

We know that nothing can replace your lovely daughter but at least she is in very good hands, shining next to the great Haitian queen Anacaona. For thousands of years, the Great Spirit has watched over our ancestors and I pray that he continues to watch over your daughter and your family. We will continue to hold you and your family in our prayers. The legacy and face of your lovely daughter will not be forgotten!

I call upon all Haitians (those living in and outside of Haiti) to take a stand against this madness: The kidnappings, the killings of other Haitians. Is this the kind of image we want to project onto the international media? Is this what we want Haitians to be known for? I wonder what our ancestors would think of us if they were still living today. I bet they would be very disappointed. Maybe more than disappointed.

Let us be reminded why our ancestors died. They died for freedom, our freedom. If we think they gave their lives so that today we could hate and kill one another, we could not be more wrong! I am begging you to stop the killings for our country's sake! Stop the division for our ancestors' sake! Haitians alone are responsible for the condition of Haiti and only Haitians can change it. Our future is not predetermined, but is in our own hands. Let us work together and make Haiti once again 'The Pearl of the Caribbean.' To the Haitians who always so often claim that they are proud to be Haitian, or that they are Haitian to the bone, or that they are 100% Haitian, or that mwen se Aysien natif natal, it is time for you to stop talking and to show your love for Haiti through actions. Remember that actions speak louder than words, and that it is our love for Haiti that makes us Haitians. The true Haitian is defined by the actions that he does for his country. The true Haitian is too busy acting that he has no time to talk in vain. So, are you a true Haitian?

Natasha Farah Kerbie Dessources, you are one of the flowers of Haiti and as you follow the sunset, may Zemi welcome your young and innocent soul, and may your pure spirit shine among the heavenly constellations from which your ancestors, our ancestors, came from.

Taino Ti!
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