HAITIANS GET BACK TO AFRICA!-FREE LAND TO RESETTLE IN THE MOTHERLAND OFFERED BY SENEGALESE PRESIDENT!-FROM CBS NEWS.com

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Jan. 16, 2010
Senegal Offers Land To Haitians That Want To Come
Senegal’s President Offers Voluntary Repatriation And Land To Any Haitians That Want To Come
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(AP) DAKAR, Senegal (AP) – Senegal is offering free land to Haitians wishing to ‘return to their origins’ following this week’s devastating earthquake, which has destroyed the capital and buried thousands of people beneath rubble.

Senegal’s octogenarian President Abdoulaye Wade told a meeting of his advisers that Haitians are the sons and daughters of Africa, because the country was founded by slaves, including some believed to have come from Senegal.

“The president is offering voluntary repatriation to any Haitian that wants to return to their origin,” said Wade’s spokesman Mamadou Bemba Ndiaye late Saturday following the president’s announcement.

“Senegal is ready to offer them parcels of land – even an entire region. It all depends on how many Haitians come. If it’s just a few individuals, then we will likely offer them housing or small pieces of land. If they come en masse we are ready to give them a region,” he said.

He stressed that Wade had insisted that if a region is handed over it should be in a fertile area – not in the country’s parched deserts.

Senegal, a nation of 14 million roughly the size of South Dakota, is considered one of the most stable and developed in the sub-region. Still nearly half of working-age adults are unemployed and the country has been burdened by high food prices, frequent blackouts and spiraling energy costs.

Many have criticized Wade for being a dreamer, proposing lofty projects that do little to alleviate poverty or address endemic corruption. Others see him as a statesman who dares to have a vision for Africa.

Copyright 2010 The Associated

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10 Responses to “HAITIANS GET BACK TO AFRICA!-FREE LAND TO RESETTLE IN THE MOTHERLAND OFFERED BY SENEGALESE PRESIDENT!-FROM CBS NEWS.com”

  1. cheryltremain Says:

    I statred my blog today because I thought I was the only one to read about this generous offer…why haven’t we heard more about this? How can we help spread the word? I’m knew to this blogging thing?

    • Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:

      START GOING TO BLACK BLOGS AND OTHERS BET NEWS ETC. AND WRITE OR PROVIDE LINK ABOUT THIS AND THAT WILL GO A LONG WAY TO PUBLICIZING THIS. PUT IT ON YOUR BLOG AND FACEBOOK AND SEND IT EVERYWHERE!

      GREAT ARTICLE BY A BROTHER ON HAITI’S WHITE PROBLEM-
      The hate and the quake

      Published on: 1/17/2010.

      BY SIR HILARY BECKLES

      THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES is in the process of conceiving how best to deliver a major conference on the theme Rethinking And Rebuilding Haiti.

      I am very keen to provide an input into this exercise because for too long there has been a popular perception that somehow the Haitian nation-building project, launched on January 1, 1804, has failed on account of mismanagement, ineptitude, corruption.

      Buried beneath the rubble of imperial propaganda, out of both Western Europe and the United States, is the evidence which shows that Haiti’s independence was defeated by an aggressive North-Atlantic alliance that could not imagine their world inhabited by a free regime of Africans as representatives of the newly emerging democracy.

      The evidence is striking, especially in the context of France.

      The Haitians fought for their freedom and won, as did the Americans fifty years earlier. The Americans declared their independence and crafted an extraordinary constitution that set out a clear message about the value of humanity and the right to freedom, justice, and liberty.

      In the midst of this brilliant discourse, they chose to retain slavery as the basis of the new nation state. The founding fathers therefore could not see beyond race, as the free state was built on a slavery foundation.

      The water was poisoned in the well; the Americans went back to the battlefield a century later to resolve the fact that slavery and freedom could not comfortably co-exist in the same place.

      The French, also, declared freedom, fraternity and equality as the new philosophies of their national transformation and gave the modern world a tremendous progressive boost by so doing.

      They abolished slavery, but Napoleon Bonaparte could not imagine the republic without slavery and targeted the Haitians for a new, more intense regime of slavery. The British agreed, as did the Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese.

      All were linked in communion over the 500 000 Blacks in Haiti, the most populous and prosperous Caribbean colony.

      As the jewel of the Caribbean, they all wanted to get their hands on it. With a massive slave base, the English, French and Dutch salivated over owning it – and the people.

      The people won a ten-year war, the bloodiest in modern history, and declared their independence. Every other country in the Americas was based on slavery.

      Haiti was freedom, and proceeded to place in its 1805 Independence Constitution that any person of African descent who arrived on its shores would be declared free, and a citizen of the republic.

      For the first time since slavery had commenced, Blacks were the subjects of mass freedom and citizenship in a nation.

      The French refused to recognise Haiti’s independence and declared it an illegal pariah state. The Americans, whom the Haitians looked to in solidarity as their mentor in independence, refused to recognise them, and offered solidarity instead to the French. The British, who were negotiating with the French to obtain the ownership title to Haiti, also moved in solidarity, as did every other nation-state the Western world.

      Haiti was isolated at birth – ostracised and denied access to world trade, finance, and institutional development. It was the most vicious example of national strangulation recorded in modern history.

      The Cubans, at least, have had Russia, China, and Vietnam. The Haitians were alone from inception. The crumbling began.

      Then came 1825; the moment of full truth. The republic is celebrating its 21st anniversary. There is national euphoria in the streets of Port-au-Prince.

      The economy is bankrupt; the political leadership isolated. The cabinet took the decision that the state of affairs could not continue.

      The country had to find a way to be inserted back into the world economy. The French government was invited to a summit.

      Officials arrived and told the Haitian government that they were willing to recognise the country as a sovereign nation but it would have to pay compensation and reparation in exchange. The Haitians, with backs to the wall, agreed to pay the French.

      The French government sent a team of accountants and actuaries into Haiti in order to place a value on all lands, all physical assets, the 500 000 citizens were who formerly enslaved, animals, and all other commercial properties and services.

      The sums amounted to 150 million gold francs. Haiti was told to pay this reparation to France in return for national recognition.

      The Haitian government agreed; payments began immediately. Members of the Cabinet were also valued because they had been enslaved people before independence.

      Thus began the systematic destruction of the Republic of Haiti. The French government bled the nation and rendered it a failed state. It was a merciless exploitation that was designed and guaranteed to collapse the Haitian economy and society.

      Haiti was forced to pay this sum until 1922 when the last instalment was made. During the long 19th century, the payment to France amounted to up to 70 per cent of the country’s foreign exchange earnings.

      Jamaica today pays up to 70 per cent in order to service its international and domestic debt. Haiti was crushed by this debt payment. It descended into financial and social chaos.

      The republic did not stand a chance. France was enriched and it took pleasure from the fact that having been defeated by Haitians on the battlefield, it had won on the field of finance. In the years when the coffee crops failed, or the sugar yield was down, the Haitian government borrowed on the French money market at double the going interest rate in order to repay the French government.

      When the Americans invaded the country in the early 20th century, one of the reasons offered was to assist the French in collecting its reparations.

      The collapse of the Haitian nation resides at the feet of France and America, especially. These two nations betrayed, failed, and destroyed the dream that was Haiti; crushed to dust in an effort to destroy the flower of freedom and the seed of justice.

      Haiti did not fail. It was destroyed by two of the most powerful nations on earth, both of which continue to have a primary interest in its current condition.

      The sudden quake has come in the aftermath of summers of hate. In many ways the quake has been less destructive than the hate.

      Human life was snuffed out by the quake, while the hate has been a long and inhumane suffocation – a crime against humanity.

      During the 2001 UN Conference on Race in Durban, South Africa, strong representation was made to the French government to repay the 150 million francs.

      The value of this amount was estimated by financial actuaries as US$21 billion. This sum of capital could rebuild Haiti and place it in a position to re-engage the modern world. It was illegally extracted from the Haitian people and should be repaid.

      It is stolen wealth. In so doing, France could discharge its moral obligation to the Haitian people.

      For a nation that prides itself in the celebration of modern diplomacy, France, in order to exist with the moral authority of this diplomacy in this post-modern world, should do the just and legal thing.

      Such an act at the outset of this century would open the door for a sophisticated interface of past and present, and set the Haitian nation free at last.

      l Sir Hilary Beckles is pro-vice-chancellor and Principal of the Cave Hill Campus, UWI.

  2. 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.

  3. Jean Odige Says:

    i would to go to Senegal and check the land to se how it will be work for my people

    • Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:

      Jean Odige-CONTACT THE SENEGAL EMBASSY IMMEDIATELY AND TELL THEM. IF YOU ARE NOT FROM HAITI THEN GO TO ALL THE PARTIES THEY HAVE AND TALK PERSONALLY TO THE AMBASSADOR AND TELL HIM AND HE WILL MAKE SURE YOU GET THERE. PRAY OFCOURSE THRU OUT AND GOD WILL MAKE A WAY FOR YOU TO GO BACK TO AFRICA!

  4. gagan Says:

    please send me the ways to purchase lands in africa .I am a skilled farmar an have experience of about 56 years in farming.

    • Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:

      gagan,CHOOSE THE AFRICAN COUNTRY YOU WANT AND GO TO THEIR EMBASSY AND TELL THEM YOU WANT TO VISIT. YOU MUST GET THERE BEFORE YOU TALK ABOUT BUYING LAND CAUSE THEY MAY TAKE IT THE WRONG WAY. SAVE FOR A VISIT AND THEN MAKE FRIENDS(PRAYING ALL THE WHILE FOR GOD’S DIRECTION IN THE MATTER) AND ASK YOUR FRIENDS THEN TO HELP YOU BUY LAND.

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