Haiti - Social : Message from Lesly Condé on the occasion of Father's Day (2022)
"Dear compatriots and friends everywhere,
I join you, members of all our communities, for the annual celebration of Haitian Father's Day. On this day in June, we reflect on the importance of the role of the father in any home, and on the lasting positive effect that a conscientiously accomplished fatherly task can have on a family, a community, a society. We pay a well-deserved tribute to all the compatriots who fulfill this role with consistency and stoicism because the circumstances are not always simple, and it is almost always the father of the family who makes the final decisions.
Our society rightly glorifies the courage, optimism and resilience of Haitian mothers who, too often, are forced to play a double role. But nothing replaces the presence of a father in every home. The child will grow up, will have a more or less normal adolescence, and will become an adult who will take his place in society. However, an individual who grows up without the influence of a father during the various stages of his personality development is likely to experience problems of self-confidence which are the result of this void. This brings us to the important issue of responsibility for paternity. It is often the economic situation that pushes some Haitian fathers to shirk their responsibilities. But the crime remains intact, and the victims carry psychological problems throughout their lives.
After having explored the painful and not very rosy aspect of the reality of certain Haitian fathers, it is appropriate to congratulate all those who, despite the economic difficulties they face, put the security and stability of their homes before anything else. Their families are strong, and the children who grow up there will become useful citizens who will be the strength of their communities. I must mention in a special way all the Haitian fathers who do not hesitate to perform tasks traditionally reserved for mothers when the circumstances demand it. They are extraordinary beings.
The paternal presence is therefore a very important ingredient for the development of any individual. By combining tenderness with firmness, the father represents this stabilizing element which watches over the harmonious growth of the family. In the eyes of any growing child, Dad is a hero who knows everything, who is up to any situation, and who is always right. It's a role that's both very important and very delicate because even in the least suspected circumstances, the child observes his model, wants to be exactly like him.
The Haitian father deserves very special consideration because very often he plays his role admirably despite the difficulties of all kinds that he has to face day after day. His role often imposes unusual sacrifices on him. This true hero is often misunderstood because despite the enormous frustrations that constitute his daily life, he manages to combine tenderness and firmness in order to ensure the stability and respect of the home. He is the important guide of a generation that must be stronger, and go further...much further.
I wish an excellent Haitian Father's Day to all those who have fulfilled this important role. At the same time, I encourage young fathers today to be aware of the role they are called to play in shaping a generation."
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