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Haiti -217th independence : Message of reflection from Lesly Condé
Message from Lesly Condé:
"Dear compatriots and friends everywhere,
As a year draws its bow to make room for new challenges, new hopes and renewed optimism, I appreciate the unique privilege of extending to you my sincere wishes for health, success and happiness. We have come to a point where 2020 is about to be a thing of the past. We are not at the end of our worries and uncertainties. We have to believe that we will be up to the demands of today and tomorrow thanks to our discipline and our pragmatism.
For us Haitians, New Year's Day is a doubly important date since it brings back the anniversary of the creation of Haiti, the first black State in the New World. On this first day of January 2021, we proudly celebrate the 217th anniversary of this tiny Nation who showed the world the path to freedom. Our ancestors wrote one of the most beautiful pages in the history of mankind by carrying very high the torch they bequeathed to us, and which it is our responsibility to protect. For this reason, January 2, which we observe as the Day of the Ancestors, deserves to be observed everywhere in the world where freedom, justice and human rights are considered as essential ideals. Our ancestors deserve to be known to all the children of the world for having given a decisive victory to the cause of respect for humanity by routing the slave armed forces of Napoleon Bonaparte.
Even today, our country experiences moments of great uncertainty. In 2021, we must draw inspiration from the foresight of our ancestors, to forge patriotic alliances, and find solutions in the sense of the national interest, of our common dignity. We can make this 217th year of independence of the first black state of the New World, that of its rebirth.
At the beginning of each year, while our Nation, always resilient, gives itself new reasons to hope and to fight, it is also the time to think about this disaster of apocalyptic dimensions which befell us on January 12, 2010 This large magnitude earthquake struck mercilessly and without warning, leaving nearly 400,000 dead and countless horror stories not all of which can be told. This year, as we commemorate the eleventh anniversary of this destructive earthquake, let's have a special thought for those compatriots who still exist after their lives were destroyed. We will always remember the admirable outbursts of solidarity of which the world has shown itself capable. Today wounds of all kinds are still alive. Even today, Haiti struggles desperately to cling to its humanity.
I could not say goodbye to you without drawing your attention to the extremely urgent situation that the whole world is currently facing. It is true that the Covid-19 did not ravage our country as some experts predicted, but our communities have already counted a lot of victims in the diaspora. During this holiday season, I therefore advise you to be extremely careful wherever you are.
It only remains for me to thank you for giving me your attention. I cannot urge you enough to love your neighbor. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, think of Haiti."