Written Statement from Pres. Aristide: He’s Ready to Return to Haiti

Posted on January 19, 2011



Dr  Jean-Bertrand Aristide

Former President of Haiti

19 January 2011

            I would like to thank the government and the people of South
Africa for the historic hospitality, deeply rooted in Ubuntu, extended
to my family and I.

            Since my forced arrival in the Mother Continent six and a
half years ago, the people of Haiti have never stopped calling for my
return to Haiti.  Despite the enormous challenges that they face in the
aftermath of the deadly January 12, 2010 earthquake, their determination
to make the return happen has increased.

            As far as I am concerned, I am ready.  Once again I express
my readiness to leave today, tomorrow, at any time.  The purpose is very
clear: To contribute to serving my Haitian sisters and brothers as a
simple citizen in the field of education. 

The return is indispensable, too, for medical reasons: It is strongly
recommended that I not spend the coming winter in South Africa’s
because in 6 years I have undergone 6 eye surgeries.  The surgeons are
excellent and very well skilled, but the unbearable pain experienced
in the winter must be avoided in order to reduce any risk of further
complications and blindness.  

            So, to all those asking me to return home, I reiterate my
willingness to leave today, tomorrow, at any time.  Let us hope that
the Haitian and South African governments will enter into communication
in order to make that happen in the next coming days. 

            United to the Haitian people, once again my family and I
express our sincere gratitude to the government and the people of
South Africa.

Forwarded by Ezili's Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network