HAITIANS!-OLODUMARE OTI SE!(GOD HAS DONE IT!_THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO GET “BACK AFRICA” NOW SO DON’t MUST IT!

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Senegal president offers free land to “repatriate” Haitians

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Monday, January 18, 2010

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Image: World Economic Forum.Abdoulaye Wade, the president of Senegal, has offered free land in his country to Haitians who were affected by the recent 7.0 magnitude earthquake.

Wade described his offer as “repatriation”, as he said Haitians were descendents from Africa since Haiti was founded by slaves, some of which were thought to be from Senegal.

“The president is offering voluntary repatriation to any Haitian that wants to return to their origin,” said Mamadou Bemba Ndiaye, the president’s spokesman. “If it is just a few people, we will offer them a roof and a patch of land,” he added, speaking to the France Info radio station. “If they come in large numbers, we will give them a whole region.”

The president, meanwhile, commented: “The repeated calamities that befall Haiti prompt me to propose a radical solution — to take measures to create somewhere in Africa […] the conditions for Haitians to return. “They did not choose to go to that island. It is our duty to recognise their right to come back to the land of their ancestors.”

“It wouldn’t be the first time that former slaves or their descendants were brought back to Africa. Now the problem is to know how, and who will bear the cost,” Wade concluded.

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One Response to “HAITIANS!-OLODUMARE OTI SE!(GOD HAS DONE IT!_THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO GET “BACK AFRICA” NOW SO DON’t MUST IT!”

  1. Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:

    FROM INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER UK

    Back to Africa: A new Haitian homeland?

    By Leo Hornak

    Monday, 1 February 2010

    If a proposal under consideration by the African Union this week were to bear fruit, Haitians made homeless by the earthquake could start afresh in a new homeland in Africa.

    African Union (AU) President Jean Ping yesterday announced that the idea of resettling displaced Haitians in Africa would be part of the AU’s formal agenda during its annual summit this week. According to Mr Ping, Haiti’s history as a creation of the slave trade and the world’s first black republic creates a special obligation for African Union members.

    “It is out of a sense of duty and memory and solidarity that we can further the proposal … to create in Africa the conditions for the return of Haitians,” said Mr Ping. The idea of a new Haitian homeland in Africa was originally suggested by Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade last month, and now appears to be gathering momentum. As a first step, Mr Wade has asked African governments to naturalise any Haitians who wish to emigrate to their country, and to encourage African families to adopt Haitian children orphaned in the earthquake.

    It would not be the first time that a new African state has been created to house the descendants of slaves from the new world. In 1847, the American Colonisation Society, an unlikely coalition of abolitionists and slave owners, created Liberia with the same aim in mind. Thousands of former slaves and their descendants eventually made the journey from the US to west Africa. Little care was taken to protect the rights of the tribes already living in the territory, however, and Liberian society has been divided between settler and indigenous communities ever since – indigenous Liberians were only given the vote in 1963.

    Mr Wade has also referred to the Middle East as a model for his Haitian project. Speaking to Euronews last week he said: “It’s not asking too much to transplant those who want it. Israel was desert. Palestine was desert. People were transplanted who today are building a country.”

    The resettlement idea also raises questions about whether many African countries have the resources to support a large influx of impoverished Haitian refugees, or would be willing to give up territory for a new state. Senegal has some points of cultural contact with Haiti, but it is far from wealthy. In 2009, Senegal was rated 166 out of 177 on the UN’s Human Development Index. Haiti was 17 places higher at 149.

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