Category Archives: Poverty with Dignity

The Kimbanguist Community in Kinshasa responds to the suffering in Haiti

On 17 January 2010 12:46, Ernest Wamba dia Wamba wrote:
Dear All,
I just returned from the culte d’action de grace for Haiti at the Centre Kimbanguiste (at Force Publique et Sao, commune de Kasa Vubu) in Kinshasa. It was very moving. First, the crowd was immense, mostly women as is often the case (it was the women who had the courage to go first to Jesus’s tomb).

The prayers were very remarkable, you had the feeling as if you are really before God as the case of the Haitians is being pleaded so emotionally. Two Congolese and one Haitian pastor prayed. The Haitian touched every heart, some weeping.

Pasteur Elebe, who preached, was also impeccable. He spoke of the so many black people who have suffered: 210 million slaves, colonization, epidemics, even the figures of HIV sufferers, the % of blacks is higher and on top of that they go hungry. In the spirit of S. Kimbangu he asked that this year blacks should have a rest. He asked Haitians to now more than ever love more your country in its very devasted nature; it is that love that will build it and change the situation. A very simple summary of a very profound predication. It was unifying as well.

Jean-Francois David, le consul général de la République de Haiti, spoke on behalf of Haitians living here. His speech was brief but good. While Israelis had their country given by God, he said, Haiti was a prison, where we were sent, that we learned to love. Funds were raised for Haiti.

The government of the République Démocratique du Congo has decided to send an aid of US $2,5 million.

Ernest Wamba dia Wamba
Kinshasa, RDC

Statement from Dr Jean-Bertrand Aristide

Former President of Haiti
15 January 2010

We thank all the true friends of Haiti, in particular the Government and the people of South Africa for their solidarity with the victims of Haiti.

The concrete action undertaken by Rescue South Africa and Gift of the Givers is a clear expression of ubuntu. Ubuntu ngumuntu ngabantu. As we all know, many people remain buried under tons of ruble and debris waiting to be rescued. When we think of their suffering, we feel deeply and profoundly that we should be there, in Haiti, with them, trying our best to prevent death.

To symbolize this readiness we have decided to meet not just anywhere, but here, in the shadow of the Oliver Tambo International Airport. As far as we are concerned, we are ready to leave today, tomorrow, at any time to join the people of Haiti, to share in their suffering, help rebuild the country, moving from misery to poverty with dignity. Friends from around the world have confirmed their willingness to organize an airplane carrying medical supplies, emergency needs and ourselves.

While we cannot wait to be with our sisters and brothers in Haiti, we share the anguish of all Haitians in the Diaspora who are desperate to reach family and loved ones.

Soufrans youn nan nou se soufrans nou tout.
L’Union fait la force. Kouraj! Kenbe! Kenbe!
Youn soutni lòt nan lespri Mèm Amou an.

Our love to the nation now labeled the poorest of the western hemisphere. However, the spirit of ubuntu that once led Haiti to emerge as the first independent Black nation in 1804; helped Venezuela, Columbia and Ecuador attain liberty; and inspired our forefathers to shed their blood for the United States’ independence, cannot die. Today this spirit of solidarity must and will empower all of us to rebuild Haiti.

Ukwanda kwaliwa umthakathi.
Thank you.