Songs, shouts and dancing to relieve the suffering

“Honor “, ” respect “, the haitian community has gathered at la Tohu, Sunday in Montreal, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the earthquake that stole the lives of almost 300 000 people.

“I was home [in Haiti] when the earth trembled and shook. I have seen the nothingness. I saw the doors beyond that opened up, ” recalls the haitian artist Bonga.

Bonga. Artiste haïtien

Photo Agence QMI, Toma Iczkovits

Bonga. Haitian artist

On 12 January 2010, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 has been recorded on the island.

In total, 280 000 people lost their lives and nearly 300 000 others have been injured during these events.

Rebuild the human

On Sunday, a dozen dignitaries and artists went up on stage to talk about bread, suffering, courage, mutual assistance, which is the purpose above all of hope.

One of those who opened the ceremony dates back quietly of the slope, but that there is still a long way to go.

“My human person has been shattered, shocked, and the artist that I am is still under construction,” says Bonga, 36 years old, established in Montreal for five years.

Like many of the survivors in the room, Bonga, is not about to forget the fateful day.

The buildings were to be destroyed to retrieve the body.

The man tries to help the haitian children to move forward and keep hope.

“Ayibobo “

During the two hours that lasted the ceremony, the participants were constantly shoutings “Ayibobo,” a word which is very significant for the Haitians who wants to say “Amen” or ” Hear us “.

One of the most moving moments of the event occurred at 16: 53 when the survivors were accompanied by a dozen dignitaries on the stage to remind him of the earthquake.

Then, a video with images of the earthquake have been proposed for this minute of ” noise “.


Of the survivors have placed their hands on their ears for not to hear the cries of the video and dropped the head to avoid the earthquake that they had all experienced.

At their side, the liberal mp for Saint-Henri–Sainte-Anne, Montreal, Dominique Anglade, who had delivered a tribute to the national Assembly in December to the memory of his people and whose both parents are deceased in this tragedy.

Then, the mayor of Montréal, Valérie Plante, who addressed the crowd without text.

“When I arrived on scene, I took the words of the heart that are sometimes the best “, she revealed.

They would like that the tragedy is never forgotten

Sacha et Cynthia Cantave en compagnie d’Ayden-Roméo Fequiere.

Photo Agence QMI, Toma Iczkovits

Ash and Cynthia Cantave in the company of Ayden-Romeo Fequiere.

The children of The haitian diaspora must remember the tragedy that befell the Pearl of the west Indies 10 years ago, even if they have not experienced, believe expatriates.

“[My son] is a Québécois-Haitian, he must understand where his legacy. It must be part of the solution and change things. He must understand where we come from and that he must now move forward, ” said Sacha Cantave, 30 years old, at the output of the commemoration.

His sister, who was at his side, believes exactly the same thing.

“The work is not done, it must not rest on our laurels. It is necessary to continue to give our solutions and our strategies, ” says Cynthia Cantave, 38 years.

If more Haitians present on Sunday at the Tohu were not present during the earthquake that struck their country of origin, they have all lost one of their own, or people that might be given to the improvement of the conditions of this people.

The family

“The January 12, 2010, we have lost the children. Some have not known… “, said the spokesperson of Quebec native Women, Viviane Michel, who sang at the opening.

Of the children, there were on-site Sunday. Teens also. The family is a significant value for this people.

Given their age, these young people do not yet understand all the impact that had this drama on their community, but are already very proud of their origins, according to evidence gathered by The Newspaper.

From the top of its 4-year, an apple in hand, Ayden-Romeo Fequiere was marked by the commemoration.

“What I preferred, it is the song and the dance “, he said a little embarrassed.

His mother and his aunt had burst out laughing, breathable, good mood, despite the pain.