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The Tribune: Haitian-Bahamian Community Calls for Compassion

January 29, 2010

MEMBERS of the Haitian-Bahamian community are disappointed by what they call the “heartless” comments of Bahamians online and over the radio airwaves in the wake of the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti.

Marjoriee Pierre, a Haitian-Bahamian resident of this country, said this is not an appropriate time for people to say “bad things” about Haitians. She said all around the world people with “good hearts” are expressing compassion and solidarity for Haitians.

“Not all Bahamians are saying bad things, but everyone is supposed to put hands together at this time to pray. Today is our time, but tomorrow is another time. If you are a human being you should feel. We are neighbours,” said Ms Pierre, who has lived in the Bahamas for 14 years with her Bahamian husband.

Ms Pierre said she was particularly concerned about the stateless Haitian-Bahamians, born in the Bahamas with no right to citizenship because of the Haitian nationality of their mothers. She said many of these individuals have never travelled to Haiti and have no direct connection with family members abroad.

When applying for citizenship, she said individuals in this situation are required to obtain copies of their Haitian parents’ birth certificates, and letters from schools they may have attended in Haiti.

In the wake of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti that destroyed almost all government ministry buildings, Ms Pierre said there would be a real problem with recovering documents because most government records were destroyed or are buried beneath the rubble. She wondered if the Bahamian government would still give these individuals a hard time and how they would be treated. This was one of several issues she said of which people should be aware.

via The Tribune.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. dayana permalink
    February 21, 2010 1:30 pm

    my commment is if a person want to go throuh the process of obtaing their passport from the bahamas they should still go through it, I am a haitian bahamain who need a passport but the only thing i have from my mom is her copy of her birht certification

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