We started the morning by being interviewed by at least 10 members of the local press who questioned us on our objectives. We explained that as citizens of Canada and the US (the two main countries behind the coup and the neoliberal/privatization policies) we felt a moral and democratic obligation to document the living and working conditions created by our governments' foreign policies, and to bring that information back to our fellow citizens with the hope that this will compel them to mobilize for social justice.
Our final stop was in the countryside where we met with peasant groups affiliated with the CTH. Interestingly enough the meeting was held in a building used to raise pigs. At the time it was empty, but again due to a lack of resources it was the only structure available for the meeting. One telling part of the meeting was when the delegation asked them whether they have received any of the international aid our governments claim to be giving to Haiti, the question was met with a resounding and unified NO!
The farmers explained that the peasants are the motor of the economy because without food there is no work. They actually sang a song which dramatized this point. Subsequently the attendees elaborated six main points to improve agriculture, which would improve the quality of life for children, women, and men throughout Haiti:
- Health Care
- Education and job training
- Decent housing
- Dignified work
- Leisure time.
In short the peasants and peasant organizers displayed a profound political consciousness when they explained that the US and Canada did not want Haiti to be politically or economically independent because the people would use their independence to develop and redistribute the resources of the country for its people.