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Even Babies Weren’t Spared as Haitian Rape Victims After the Earth Quake


Even Babies Weren’t Spared as Haitian Rape Victims After the Earth Quake

There are reports of massive raping that took place right after the Haitian earthquake three years ago.  According to CNN, many of the victims have yet to see justice.   The network tells the story of Alvana, a woman who was gang raped while sleeping in the street with her two children.  She was impregnated as a result of the rape.

Three days after a massive earthquake threw Haiti into chaos, Alvana was homeless, along with her two children.

But her nightmare was just beginning.

“I was gang-raped while I was sleeping in the middle of the street,” she said. “And I got pregnant.”

Alvana did not know her attackers. Depressed and unsure of what to do next, she was directed by a friend to a clinic run by KOFAVIV, a Creole acronym that translates into the Commission of Women Victims for Victims.

“By the time I got to them, my belly was already big,” she said. “But they took care of me.”

Alvana was given food, water, housing and prenatal care. She decided to keep her daughter, even though the psychological pain could be difficult — and still is, two years later.

“It’s terrible,” said Alvana, 33. “I love my daughter … (but) I look at myself and see that I have a child that is a product of a gang rape.”

Malya Villard-Appolon, right, knows what it’s like to be a victim of sexual violence. She has been raped twice.

Her story is, unfortunately, all too common in Haiti, said Malya Villard-Appolon, one of KOFAVIV’s co-founders.

“After (the earthquake), the situation was inhumane and degrading,” Villard-Appolon said. “There was no security in the (displacement) camps. There was no food; there was no work. And now there is a rampant problem.”






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  1. Thomasisthe1

    April 29, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    I know we skip over this part of history but I can’t help wondering how many poor Haitians are living there as a result of the Great Emancipator, Abraham Lincoln’s emigration dream of colonizing Blacks elsewhere than the USA. All his efforts turned into fiascos because of the corruption of commericially interested parties but one can’t help wondering about Haiti & even Liberia, etc., and how Lincoln planned to colonize these folk far, far away from these shores.
    History tells us that in 1862 only about 400+ Blacks were deported and transferred to L’Ile a Vache, an island off the coast of Haiti and that it was a failed experiment due to “poor leadership, inadequate planning, want of essentials, unemplooyment, and the opposition of the Haitians themselves.” Haiti was too dissimilar to the USA as an adequate site for colonization. The language difference, education, religion & government discouraged Lincoln to further attempts at colonization to Haiti.
    Congressional action made Lincoln the “sole trustee of colonization.” So Lincoln had sole discretion to find a suitable location to create a ‘new colony’. Lincoln initiated diplomatic relations with Liberia and Haiti convinced that they might accept or receive Black deportees but he became convinced that it was not economically feasible for colonization so far from the USA. Also, there were those who believed that many “migration-minded Africans” pereferred to stay on the American continent. Because of these reasons he considered a substitute location on the American continent called the Isthmus of Chiriqui before it was called Panama. Ambrose W. Thompson became the head of the Chiriqui Improvement Company & fervently sought to interest the American government in using Chiriqui as the chosen site for Black colonies. Thompson was persistent and it almost paid off when Lincoln suggested Central America to a live-member Black committee at a White House meeting. Lincoln tried to sell the advantages of the land, with it’s economic aspects. Lincoln told the Blacks of great coal deposits but Joseph Henry of the Smithsonian Institution found that a box of Chiriqui coal under study was nothing more than a box of dirt. Further complications to this plan developed in spite of Lincoln’s excitement of having found a way to colonize Blacks away from the U.S. when William Herny Seward, Secretary of State, convinced Lincoln that Chiriqui was not suitable for successfully colonizing Blacks.
    Lincoln kept trying to find other suitable sites and looked into European countries with territories in Latin America such as Denmark, Frnace and Netherlands which showed some interest in receiving labor on their suguar plantations. The Dutch wanted the Negroes to promise to remain on the land for only a set number of years. Dissatisfied, Lincoln turned his attention one more time to Haiti.
    “An anxious manipulator,” Bernard Kock, informed Lincoln of the availability of L’Ile a Vache but Lincoln grew hesitant & worried that it might turn out as the fiasco in Chiriqui. A lot of lobbying effrots were expended & that is when Lincoln was finally swayed to consider the island as the site for a Black colony.
    Lincoln may be thought of as a Great Emancipator but he thought of the African race as inferior and unsuitable to live in a White society & julst because Lincoln was unable to successfully carry out his plan of Black colonization away from the U.S. people often overlook or skip over that part of American history. Just a few days before Lincoln was assassinated he asked General Benjamin F. Butler to study the possibility of shipping the Blacks to yet another location. So, in spite of the failure of several earlier attempts, Lincoln still desired the separation of the White and Black races. In 1859, at a speech in
    Cincinnati Lincoln stated that “there is room enough for us all to be free,” but he clearly went to his death wishing the Blacks to live freely on another land mass.
    One must remember that history clearly indicates that Lincoln was one of the eleven managers of the Illinois State Colonization Society that was elected in 1857. So, Lincoln always carried those ideas deep within himself. He rationalized that the removal of the Black laborers would create a market for White loborers. “Reduce the supply of Black Labor by colonizing the Black laborer out of the country and by precisely so much you increase the demand for and wages of White labor.
    Lincoln believed that “if a Negro is a man, then my ancient faith teaches me that all men are created equal.” Yet, he also stated that because “there is a physical difference between White and Black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality,” he definitely favored colonization of the Blacks. In response to Stephen A. Douglas, he concluded that, “the separation of the races is the only perfect preventative of amalgamation.”
    Wow! If Lincoln were alive today I wonder what he would think of the ‘amalgamation’ reality thus far.

  2. brotherscoe

    April 30, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Amalgamation, of the races of white and black, was not the willful
    doing of the slave. White men always had black mistress and placed their white wives on untouchable pedestals and then accused black men of trying to rape them, when in fact they were the rapist from Thomas Jefferson a statesman and a child rapist, of a black fourteen year old slave named Sally Hemmings. They say Lincolns father. was a Mulatto, which might be the reason he wanted the races seperated, he hated himself!

  3. Monique

    April 30, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    When it comes to Haiti, please post GOOD news so we can have some BALANCE. There are expatriates from Canada, Europe, and the US who love Haiti and go there often. I was born in Haiti, but my family reads stories like these and they have filled me with so much fear, I’m afraid to go back. This post showed me that Black Americans also believe there is no hope for Haiti. Haitians are resilient and they overcome and overcome. People made promises and I want to believe that some have kept their promises. For this negative story, tell us something good. Provide more balance. Maybe this is a lesson for me to ignore your negativity and go there to see for myself. In the meantime, I have hope.

  4. Barbara

    June 9, 2012 at 11:33 pm


    Thanks for that histoy lesson. I always knew Lincoln was NOT a friend of ousr. He did the Emancipation Proc for political reasons–a necessity.
    I knew many of us were sent to other Islands, even South America; but I don’t recall us being sent to Haiti. It’s good to know as much about one’s history as possible.

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