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Haiti - FLASH : Odette Roy Fombrun left us at the age of 105 (reactions)
Odette Roy Fombrun Foundation:
"Our angel has made his great journey. The Odette Roy Fombrun Foundation is sad to announce the departure for the afterlife of its President and Dean 2022. Rest in Peace Odette Roy Fombrun."
Prime Minister Ariel Henry:
"I learned with sadness of the death of the illustrious educator, Odette Roy Fombrun. Throughout her life, she was a citizen committed to change and democracy in her country, a writer devoted in particular to the education and development of Haitian youth. The Nation has just lost one of its most eminent intellectual figures, a rare model, in terms of patriotism and probity. I extend my condolences to his family, loved ones and friends bereaved by this loss."
Emmelie Prophète-Milcé Minister of Culture and Communication:
"Minister Emmelie Prophète-Milcé salutes the memory of the writer Odette Roy Fombrun who has passed away. Odette Roy Fombrun, who lived for more than a century, was a prolific creator, an educator, a committed woman. Ms. Fombrun's contribution to Haitian society has been significant, and the Ministry is very grateful to her. The Minister Prophète-Milcé asks the family of Mrs. Fombrun, the members of the Odette Roy Fombrun Foundation, her allies and friends to receive her heartfelt condolences."
Former President of the Lower House and former MP for Delmas Gary Bodeau:
"The people have lost a privileged witness to an important part of national history. Member of the Women's League of Social Action who orchestrated the great political conquests for the benefit of women. Political exile. Educator. Flag historian. Writer. Rest in peace !"
Embassy of the United States in Port-au-Prince:
"Today, the United States Embassy in Port-au-Prince honors the life and mourns the loss of Odette Roy Fombrum. His contributions to Haitian history and his advocacy for education have inspired us all. "
Ex-Deputy for Pétion ville Jerry Tardieu:
"Odette Fombrun is no more. Haiti has lost an integral citizen who devoted her life to the teaching of patriotism, tirelessly sharing her dream oriented towards national construction & combitism. Her departure leaves a huge void in the heart of all Haitians," Jerry Tardieu
Haitian National Pantheon Museum:
"The Haitian National Pantheon Museum (MUPANAH) bows and salutes the departure for the afterlife of the great lady, Odette Roy Fombrun. Educator, writer and passionate about the history of Haiti, Odette Roy Fombrun is a whole long life dedicated to the teaching of citizenship, the love of the country as well as the promotion of the Haitian cultural heritage, in particular the heritage American Indian. MUPANAH is grateful to him for his valuable research and publications on the Haitian flag and the Coat of Arms of the Republic, among others. In this circumstance, MUPANAH requests the family of the deceased, her loved ones as well as the members of the Odette Roy Fombrun Foundation to believe in the expression of its sincere sympathy."
Charlot Jacquelin Junior, Former Secretary of State for Youth:
"A doyenne of the nation is gone. Madame, you have done a worthy job. From the top of your old age, you have always been a reasonable and conscious voice that has risen in our Haiti eaten away by the rusts of human stupidity. Go in Peace."
Lorquet Foundation for a New Haiti:
"This disappearance is a deep sorrow for the Haitian people who had so much admiration and love for this great patriot, well known for her dynamism, her discipline and her sense of commitment to change. This is a great loss for the Haitian intelligentsia and in particular for the education sector and civil society. She was a great voice of Haitian conscience and had made the promotion of Konbitism her hobbyhorse. Unfortunately, she left without seeing the birth of the new Haiti she had dreamed of so much [...] In this painful circumstance, the Lorquet Foundation for a New Haiti, expresses its deep regrets and its words of sympathy to the community of Haitian educators , and presents its sincere condolences to the parents, relatives and friends of Mrs. Odete Roy Fombrun grieving over this departure. »
"Democratic and Popular Sector" (SDP - radical opposition):
“The SDP salutes the departure of Ms. Odette R. Fombrun, apostle of inter-Haitian dialogue. Madame Fombrun is gone, but her ideas will live on. The SDP hopes that Konbitism, very dear to Mrs. Fombrun, will eventually take shape in Haiti. Our condolences to those affected by this bereavement."
Read some interventions and positions taken by Odette Roy Fombrun: