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Widmise Jocelyn, 8 years old lost her father, mother, sister and godmother in the new massacre at Grand Ravin. Currently she is in the care of the Grand Ravin Community Human Rights Council CHRC(created and sponsored by AUMOHD and Hurah, Inc. She saw the massacre take place from behind a curtain and is in a state of severe psychological shock.
Over 300 homes torched, demolished creating thousands of refugees. Perpetrated by the mercenary Little Machete Army.
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Translation by Tom Luce, Pres. Hurah, Inc. (Human Rights Accompaniment in Haiti) http://www.hurah.revolt.org 510-428-1419
News of the second massacre at Grande Ravine last Thursday is now known by most people concerned with Haiti as we all are. The mainstream has reported on it as gang warfare mainly. Reed Lindsay's article in the Washington Times put out the more nuanced report that it is socio-political.Our work following the last massacre shows that despite pleas by AUMOHD to the government to act on the first massacre, even the jailing of the police perpetrators was undone by Judge Jean Paul Peres. Impunity led to a second massacre.
After last August's first massacre AUMOHD with support from Hurah created a Community Human Rights Council which flourished and handled the ugly details of verifying bodies, providing for funerals and astoundingly moved beyond to form disarmament groups among the neighboring communities.
The people involved agreed that the outside influences which had fostered this violence among neighbors had to stop. Now according to preliminary reports a small faction funded by outside sources, most likely criminal, political or both, paid new perpetrators to carry out this second massacre.
AUMOHD needs your help to keep working at this horrible problem. Their
workers have been traveling day and night to the community, to the MINUSTAH
authorities and to the police pressuring for increased attention and support.
Your help would help greatly. We are out of funds.
Tom Luce, President of HURAH (see information about donations in the left hand frame)
SOURCES USED FOR THIS REPORT:
In the night of Friday, July 6, 2006 the people of Grande Ravine, a zone situated in the south of the capital was the victim for a second time of a massacre, this time with a preliminary report that is very heavy in terms of deaths, wounded, disappeared, traumatized persons, and burned houses. This new massacre took place about 11 months after the first. In order to better understand, then, this new new massacre against the civilian population of Grande Ravine it is necessary first of all to understand the socio-political, judicial and security context in the whole country and above all the connection that exists between the first massacre (impunity, irresponsibility, and disrespect for the human person) and this second catastrophe.
The report is heavy, sad, upsetting, even shocking. According to the testimony collected from the people and members of the Community Human Rights Council of Grande Ravine (CHRC-GR)established by AUMOHD, based in Grande Ravine, more than 25 people were executed inside their house, about 5 persons were disappeared, some 15 wounded by a group of heavily armed men, coming from TIBWA, Descartes, Decarette and Baz Kapab de Carrefour Feuille with weapons such as:rifles, T-65, Galil, and M-14; revolvers, 38, 45; and there also were weapons with blades, machetes, knives and sticks. It is to be noted that almost all of the names cited as alleged authors and accomplices in this hateful crime were already cited in the massacre which took place on August 20-21, 2005 at St. Bernadette during a soccer match. We cite some individuals accused by the people and witnesses:
d) number of bodies disappeared according to witnesses
III.- RECCOMMENDATIONS WILL BE MADE WITH THE FINAL REPORT