In the eighteenth century, Haiti was the richest colony in the new world. This aristocracy, however, dwindled as years went by and the slaves were finally able to exact their freedom. In the present day, lives of the Haitian peasants have become harder and harder. The political battles of the capital alone leave no respite for the poor, pitting one group against another while usurping a large percentage of the foreign aid. The number of kidnappings for ransom have continued to rise and one natural disaster after another strikes the poor land after every few years.
However, despite all the turmoil and unrest, many Haitians in the countryside are intensely spiritual, and will always put goodness above their own personal interest, as have been taught to them generation after generation. Lacking basic education, Haitians depend upon wisdom passed down from the wise elders. The stories in this book, accumulated and eye-witnessed by the author, are testament to this fact.
ISBN : 978-1-80439-482-3
Pages : 242
Size : 205x140
Imprint : Olympia Publishers
Dr. Arthur Fournier is a Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine and Internal Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. His career has been dedicated to caring for the poor, both in South Florida and in Haiti. His charitable work in Haiti began in 1994. Since then, he has made over two hundred trips to Haiti, supervising medical students, establishing a community health program in Haiti's Central Plateau, and a Family Medicine Residency Training Program. He has published two prior works on Haiti - The Zombie Curse and Vodou Saints. He donates the proceeds of his books to humanitarian work in Haiti.