On this site, I have called attention to Haiti’s dirty little secret, the fact that tens of thousands of minds are literally being wasted, because they are cast-offs as slaves, nothing but slaves. Several reports describe the utter despair that Haitians are experiencing as the result of the wreck that is now Haiti after being battered by tropical storms. But as the following story illustrates, even among the downtrodden there is a hierarchy, and the restavèk is unfortunately found way at the bottom. You can take many steps towards the elimination of the restavèk system in Haiti. One of the first is to lend your name to the petition on the sidebar to the left. — JM
September 14, 2008
Children in Servitude, the Poorest of Haiti’s Poor
By MARC LACEY
GONAÏVES, Haiti — Thousands of desperate women pushed and shoved to get at the relief food being handed out on the outskirts of this flooded city last week. Off to the side were the restaveks, the really desperate ones.
As woman after woman hauled off a sack of rice, a bag of beans and a can of cooking oil, the restaveks, a Creole term used to describe Haiti’s child laborers, dropped to their knees to pick up the bits that were inadvertently dropped in the dirt.
Follow this link to read the rest of the story: Children in Servitude, the Poorest of Haiti’s Poor – NYTimes.com