August 12th, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
I haven’t written anything yet about my visit to Haiti – cannot really explain why or maybe I was just too overwhelmed in such a short space of time and met so many people from the Lavalas movement, activists, women who had been tortured, shot, lost husbands and children, people struggling to just hold their lives together, others working with their bare hands to build free schools in the barrios with no help from all the NGOs/Aid workers feeding off the masses and their poverty; the UN occupation with tanks and trucks loaded with automatic weapons patrolling the streets at all hours of the day and night; activists disappearing never to be heard of again, kidnapped by opposition forces, gangs, the government – no one really knows.
One of the first women I spoke to was Voudou Priestess, Madame Evonne Auguste – an amazing beautiful woman with a presence yet so gentle and purposeful. Madame Auguste is a member of Famm Voudou pou Ayiti (Voudou Women for Ayiti). In the interview she explains that Voudou is both a religion and a philosophy and speaks about the relationship between voudou and liberation theology. She also discusses the some of the reasons behind the demonetisation of the religion and why Famm Voudou pou Ayiti want to establish their own school.