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Haiti - Social : Message from Lesly Condé on the occasion of Haitian Mother's Day
"Dear compatriots and friends everywhere,
The last Sunday of May of each year gives us the opportunity to celebrate the Haitian mother, and to reflect on the essential role she plays in our existence and in the survival of our Nation. It is the main guarantee of our proud traditions. She personifies tenderness and patience. With an indelible smile, she never ceases to pass on to us the experiences she has acquired in unenviable conditions. This year, let's take a closer look at the importance of this heroine and especially what we owe her.
We cannot talk about Haitian mothers without taking into account the conditions in which almost all of them struggle to take care of their children. Caring for children is exclusively a maternal responsibility in our country. At the slightest minor injury or for the slightest fear, we look for mom's help. The latter is never too busy or too tired to listen to us and reassure us. We are, moreover, never too old to benefit from his advice or take refuge in his fortitude.
I am, in fact, one of those who think that the Haitian mother deserves special consideration, a very special respect. She represents a symbol of courage, tenderness and devotion. She's, in the eyes of all who know her, an example of ingenuity and self-sufficiency. The often more than difficult conditions in which she operates make her even more worthy of praise, respect and affection. She's a caring mother, nurse, accountant, diplomat and more. Our society has always relied on its resilience, courage, optimism and imagination. She's the one who taught us not to be afraid to excel, to always aim high and never let ourselves be discouraged.
The Haitian mother is far from being the weakest link in the home. It is simply irreplaceable. I respectfully bow to wish all the mothers in my country a HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY.
Thank you for your attention."
Former Consul General of Haiti in Chicago
(August 26, 2004 - May 25, 2018)