Haitian Americans Who Do They Say You Are?

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This famous sentence uttered by Jesus the Christ "who do they say I am?" is at the heart of the Christian doctrine.

The connection with God is a personal faith- driven discovery and manifestation that lead to love one’s God and to love thy neighbor as thyself.

Who do you say you are?

This question is at the heart of the issue of double nationality raging these days in Haiti, in the Diaspora and in fact in the whole Caribbean.

Roudolph Boulos a Haitian American by birth and Ultimo Compere a naturalized American of Haitian origin have been on trial in the Haitian Legislature and in the public opinion for holding their seats in the Haitian parliament while not being fully vetted for their nationality credentials.

This issue seems a legal one but it is in fact a political one. The true question is whether Haiti shall continue to treat its 2 million citizens in the Diaspora and its 7 million in the rural areas as outcasts with no consideration for, no responsibility towards and no connection with its mission of nation building.

Haiti's recovery from the status of a failed state to one of a vibrant democracy, and prosperous nation rests on its political will to tackle this gangrene on both sides.

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Jean H Charles MSW, JD is Executive Director of AINDOH Inc a non profit organization dedicated to build a kinder and gentle Caribbean zone for all. He can be reached at: jeanhcharles at aol.com

Jean H Charles, December 11 2008, 8:09 AM

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