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Haiti - History : 230th anniversary of the death of Boukman
08/11/2021 08:42:07

Haiti - History : 230th anniversary of the death of Boukman
Sunday November 7, 2021 brings back the 230th anniversary of the death of Dutty Boukman (born around 1767 in West Africa), at the origin of the general uprising of slaves at the end of the voodoo ceremony in Bois Caïman, a remote place of the Lenormand plantation in Mézy, on the night of August 14, 1791.

The slave uprising began on the night of August 22 in five habitations where the slaves killed their masters and their families and set the buildings on fire.

For nearly 10 days, the northern plain will be the scene of clashes where nearly a thousand whites were killed, 161 sweets and 1,200 coffee plants burned.

It is while advancing on Cap-Français (now Cap-Haïiten) that Boukman, facing the French army, will perish in combat as a hero at the head of his troops.

Passing off as invulnerable, the French cut off Hougan Boukman's head to expose him to the eyes of the slaves in Cape Town.

However, this French victory did not put an end to the slave revolt. Other chiefs succeed Boukman including his lieutenants Jean-François Biassou and Toussaint who will lead the Haitian revolution.

As part of this commemoration, Evans Paul, former Prime Minister under Marelly then in the transitional government of Jocelerme Privert took the opportunity to deliver a message of reflection that we invite you to share.

Message from Evans Paul (KP) :

"[...] This November 7, 2021, marks the 4th month since the heinous assassination, in his private residence, on July 7, 2021, of President Jovenel Moïse, victim of the brutality of the power struggles which devastated the country and impoverished the population.

Sad fate of two leaders in our history, in two different contexts, 230 years apart, executed for the same causes, those of living together, respect and dignity for each other.

These shocking events should offer us the opportunity to transcend division, this endemic Haitian societal evil which generates instability, misery, corruption, violence, insecurity and dishonor, the main sources of our downfall, to that finally, we understand the need to engage jointly in the real fight for the freedom to be and to live.

The conquest of the right to live, as a leitmotif, is an imperative for each and every one of us, Haitians, and calls out the responsibility which is ours, to prioritize the restoration of the State in our country.

The reconquest of the Haitian national pride which results from it, incites us today to the first of the patriotic duties, aimed at guaranteeing the right to life, to prevent other Dutty Boukman and Jovenel Moïse from perishing in such revolting conditions."

HL/ HaitiLibre

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