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Jacques Roumain: Great Haitian Leader. Gone to soon…


A great Haitian leader, gone to soon. JACQUES ROUMAIN.

“Qué somos? Como esa es tu pregunta, te voy a responder. Somos este país, y no sería nada sin nosotros, nada. ¿Quién siembra? ¿Quién riega los sembradíos? ¿Quién cosecha? ¿Café, algodón, arroz, caña de azúcar, cacao, maíz, plátanos, las verduras y todas las frutas, quién las va cultivar sin no lo hacemos nosotros? Sin embargo somos pobres, es verdad. Condenados a la mala suerte, miserables. ¿Pero sabes porqué es así, hermano? Porque somos ignorantes. No comprendemos aún la fuerza que podriamos representar- una sola fuerza- todos los campesinos, todos los negros del llano y de la sierra, todos unidos. Algún día, cuando tengamos mayor sabiduría, nos levantaremos desde un rincón del país hasta el otro. Convocaremos a una Asamblea General de los Gobernadores del Rocío, una gran convivencia (coumbite) de campesinos que arrasaremos con la pobreza y sembraremos una vida nueva” (Jacques Roumain, 1944: 106).

TRANSLATION: “What are we? Because that’s your question, I’ll respond. We are this country, and we would be nothing without us, nothing. Who planting? Who waters the crops? Who harvest? Coffee, cotton, rice, sugar cane, cacao, corn, bananas, vegetables and all fruits, who is going to grow no not us? But we are poor, it’s true. Facing the unlucky wretches. But do you know why it is so, brother? Because we are ignorant. Still do not understand that we could represent the force-force-one all farmers, all black plain and the mountains, all united. Someday, when we have greater wisdom, we will rise from one corner of the country to the other. Convene a General Assembly of Governors of Dew, a coexistence (coumbite) to raze peasant poverty and sow a new life “(Jacques Roumain, 1944: 106).

Story credit: http://subversiones.org/archivos/15933

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