The Missionary Baby-Lift Case: The View from Haiti's Streets
From Time Magazine
"The Haitian judicial system seems to be in agreement. On Thursday, the Haitian judge investigating the case said the Americans should be released from jail but must remain in the country pending a final verdict. The 10 Baptist missionaries from Idaho were arrested on Jan. 29 after trying to take 33 Haitian children across the border to the Dominican Republic without legal documentation. The American women have denied that their actions had anything to do with child trafficking."
A month after the cataclysmic event in an already fragile land where people were already inured to the daily task of eking out a living, we agree that the situation in Haiti is perilous for the children stuck in this judicial tangle. It is truly a day of mourning.
We also understand that for security reasons the defendants' faces are covered when carted to and from the court grounds. Locals do not enjoy such treatment. They are banged on the head instead. What's a bang?
And yet, the children were literally being "lifted" without legal documentation which in itself is deplorable. Much has been said about this.
What is apparent is that Haitian parents out of desperation and perhaps lack of knowledge envisage a great future for their kids in the hands of foreigners - missionaries.
Supposing, just in our wild imaginations, one or two of these, no, four of these kids made it out of the country and found themselves living in say Montgomery, Alabama, who is to say they are going to have a bright future?
Alabama? Yes, we have just been thinking that the children when finally settled would still find a number of challenges in their new bountiful, pardon, beautiful existence. All of those, nameless...
Surely, I would not mind handing over my offspring to, say, The Pitts, the Jolies or the Ciccones for I would know before hand where they would be landing into (hopefully!). Now, a bunch of good-intentioned and yet "flawed" bible-thumpers and the like. Oh, would I knot be perpetuating a vicious cycle I am so hard trying to get rid of?
Why am I worrying? Rambling disconnectedly?
Maybe at this juncture, working with the government as the guest in the CNN video is saying is the best thing to do.