of Haitian mother of five, raped and sodomized by Jordanian Soldier
"peacekeeping" in Haiti
Interview of Haitian mother in Haiti raped by Jordanian "Peacekeeper"
on Saturday, November 26, 2005 - Interview
conducted November 28, 2005, Ezili Danto Witness Project
by Frantz Jerome
Ezili Danto Witness Project
Correspondent in Haiti: ....Right now, very quickly,
we will enter into another chapter, as we announced yesterday,
(Sunday, Nov. 27, 2005) we enter into another chapter, an ugly
affront, where amongst the United Nation’s soldiers, there
is a Jordanian soldier who perpetrated a crime on a lady that
was raped under strange circumstances ("lan Kondityon dwol").
This madam, a mother of five small children, she was miraculously
saved, because she did not want to be gang raped by other soldiers,
when this Jordanian left the little guard house("Ti Cay la")
and went to get his other colleagues. She ran for dear life,
cutting across incoming traffic. Let’s listen to the testimony
given by this lady who is a victim by the hand of this Jordanian
soldier who violated her, again, under strange circumstances.
Haitian Mother, (the rape victim): [inaudible]I was going
home. It was about 5 pm when I started to wait for a “tap-tap”
to first drop me at the Cazeau station where I would transfer
to another one to drop me by Kafou Drouya. When I got to the Cazeau
station, I could not find transportation, so I decided to walk
to [inaudible]. There I could only find “tap-taps”
going down in the other direction. I waited, but no “tap-taps”
were coming. I noticed two people going up the street and no one
going down to [inaudible]. I decided to walk down towards [Drouya]..
The streets were deserted. When I reached Drouya, I noticed only
the white man’s armored vehicles to the right and I went
across to the left, away from them. While walking along, I was
startled by a Jordanian soldier. He ordered me to come to him.
I obeyed and advance to him.
Interviewer: Around what time was this?
Haitian Mother: 7 o'clock
Interviewer: in the evening?
Haitian Mother: Yes, in the evening. When I went
to him, knowing that they usually search people, I handed him
my small bag ("ti sak la") I was carrying. He searched
it. The bag contained: one jug of rice, two jars ("mamit")
of black beans, a candle and my loan money ("kob eskont")
to be paid back with interests ("se te yon kob eskont mwen
t' al pran) that I had just collected that Saturday. (Editor's
Note: Reporter later explains to Ezili Danto Witness
Project that: "yon ponya" - are very high, usury rate
loans usually borrowed from local loan sharks by Haiti's market
women to conduct their market businesses. They're called "ponya"
-as in "taking in a dagger" - in Haiti, because you're
stabbing yourself, killing yourself with the interests to pay
off the loan.)
Interviewer: How much money was in your bag?
Haitian Mother: H$2000.00 (approximately US$250.00)
I collected Saturday, a loan for my business. I normally would
have picked up the money on Monday but my children went to school
and were sent back home for non-payment, so I got the loan in
advance on Saturday [inaudible] and would use H$300.00 (approximately
US$30.00) to pay my child's tuition that is overdue. When he finished
looking through my little sack, he forced me into the little guardhouse.
Interviewer: Did he take the money?
Haitian Mother: I left the bag with him? I left
it with him… When he entered the guardhouse with me, he
pushed my head down. He squeezed my head down to sexually abuse
me standing up. As I fought him off. He pushed to drop me to the
floor. When he managed to force me by knocking me totally all
the way to the floor. He sexually abused me - raped me - from
the back, in the anus.
Interviewer: [inaudible] … in the part where you defecate?
Haitian Mother: Yes, and then he ordered: “stay
there, stay there” and he exited the guardhouse. I
figured that he went to get others that would use me. At the same
time, I saw a “tap-tap” coming. So I rushed out and
ran. I ran right in front of the “tap-tap”. Luckily
the driver managed not to run me over. I left my sandals and the
bag on the floor and I ran….....
Interviewer: Where did this happen?
Haitian Mother: Kafou Drouya.
Interviewer: On the National #1 road?
Haitian Mother: Yes!
Interviewer: You said it was about 7 pm. If you
see the policemen who where in the area, can you ID them?
Haitian Mother: I will not recognize them because
it is so dark and there was only one light on. It is very hard
to see what’s going on…[inaudible]
Interviewer: You mean to tell me that a Jordanian policeman raped
Haitian Mother: Yes!
Interviewer: Saturday November 26?
Haitian Mother: November 26…
Interviewer: [inaudible] … What is your
Haitian Mother: My name is Marie-Rose Proceus.
Interviewer: Have you been to the hospital? Have
you seen a doctor?
Haitian Mother: I have not seen a doctor yet.
I have been walking around, walking around, walking around since
this morning. I went to the police station and was told that I
should go to the Jordanian base [inaudible]. I went there. I did
not see the commander. The people I found there could not speak
Kreyol and I was told to come back.
Haitian Mother: I went to the police station
in Delmas 33. I just came back from the Ministry of Women Affairs.
Interviewer: What did they tell you in the Women’s
Haitian Mother: They gave me a paper…
They gave me a paper…
Interviewer: They told you to go to the Human Rights
Organization, that’s what I noticed they did.
Haitian Mother: Yes. They said that I should
go to the human rights organizations and that the organizations
would send me to the hospital.
Interviewer: They told you that the human rights
organizations would send you to the hospital?
Haitian Mother: Yes!
Ezili Danto Witness Project Haitian Correspondent in Haiti :
There you have the statement made by Marie-Rose Proceus, the victim
of a Jordanian soldier. She went to the Ministry of Women Affairs.
One would expect the Ministry to accompany her in her hour of
Mrs. Adline Chancy* should have accompanied the victim. The old
Haitian adage says that: "One woman's pain is
every woman's pain." Yet, they merely gave
her a referral to the human rights agency! In our opinion it is
not dealing in good faith. Marie-Rose Proceus should normally
have been seen by a doctor, in an effort to get forensic evidence
on the Jordanian soldier's act of sodomy. This woman is suffering.
She indicated her lower stomach is aching as well as intense pain
in her anus. Because it is by invading her anus that this Jordanian
soldier violated her.
We have also interviewed Louis St. Vil, Marie-Rose Proceus’
husband. Let's listen to what he has to say after the Jordanian
soldier raped his wife.
Husband: These men found a way to be in the country.
Now, they go as far as sexual abuse and sodomizing. I say that
damages are due, for this criminal act, and Marie-Rose’s
loan money is lost; money that she needs to pay school tuition,
to pay rent.
This loan money must be restituted but also damages must be paid
for there is a risk of AIDS. If she was to die, I have no mother
for our children, ...no wife...[inaudible]
Interviewer: How many children do you have?
Husband: [inaudible]...We have five children...
three boys and two girls in school, primary school...[inaudible,
details about family]
Interviewer: Where do you live?
Husband:…National 1 Route...
Interviewer: Have you encouraged your wife to
go to the hospital?
Husband: Basically that is what I am doing. This
happened on Saturday. On Sunday we did not have the opportunity
to seek medical help. However, first thing this Monday morning
we went to the police station. We have been making the rounds
and just came from the Women's Affairs Ministry and they gave
us a referral for the human rights organization and that will
be our next stop. We will hand the case over to them and we hope
they will take care of it.
Ezili Danto Witness Project Correspondent in Haiti:
There you have it, Louis St. Vil’s statement; the victim's
Marie-Rose Proceus, his wife. Louis St. Vil, is the husband. As
of this moment we do not have any reactions from the UN military
high command to report. We would like to hear Juan Gabriel Valdez’s
reaction on this Jordanian soldier’s behavior. We’ll
recall that in Gonaïves, UN soldiers raped two young ladies
in a banana field.
Though there were strong reactions at the time and that the case
was forwarded to a judge, the judicial process never led to a
We also know that among the first cases is that of the girl coming
from her 7th grade state exams. The UN soldiers raped her and
she was covered with blood as a result of their “gang
bang” session. The case got a lot of attention
(strong reactions) hush-hush deals led to a cover-up where even
some journalists got paid to “forever remain silent”.
Renold George was one of the rare politicians to denounce this
"betrayal of justice". The parents were also corrupted
by the money distributed all
around and they ultimately dropped the case.
The proverbial jury is still out in the case of Marie-Rose Proceus
who has been victimized and is suffering because of the savage
penetration of this Jordanian soldier.
END OF REPORT
* Mrs. Adline Chancy heads the Ministry of Women Affairs
More To Come from
the Ezili Danto Witness Project: Follow
up interviews commissioned by the Ezili Danto Witness Project
for Statements from the Jordanian Commander in Haiti, the UN human
rights officials, the doctor's report, the human rights organizations
who were referred this case by the Women's Ministry and comment
requested from the Women's Ministry. In progress....for the next
installment of the Ezili Danto Witness Project report on the injustices
brought to Haiti when, in a second round at colonization, Bush,
Paul Martin and Chirac oustered Haiti's democratically elected
government, saddle Haiti with a Miami Administrator and call its
its greed, deceit and oppression - "progress," "democracy"
who don't know their history are doomed to repeat it:
See, the first US occupation and administration of Haiti
and how, then too, President Wilson of the US called the US. marines
exploits on behalf of New York bankers and multinationals, an
exercize in "civilizing" and "developing"
the "corrupt,," "failed" and "inept"
blacks of Haiti....Charlemagne
Inquiry into Occupation and Administration of Haiti," The
U.S. Senate Investigates the Haitian Occupation
interview Haitians about marine conduct in the guerrilla war against
and Recommendations by the Commitee of Six Disinterested Americans
People Were Very Peaceable": The U.S. Senate Investigates
the Haitian Occupation
Truth about Haiti: An NAACP Investigation
position of the sham elections
Standing on Truth, Living without Fear: HLLN's position on foreign-sponsored
elections under coup d'etat, dictatorship and occupation | Haitian
Perspectives by Marguerite Laurent, October 31, 2005
responds regarding position taken on sham elections,Windowsonhaiti
There are no free rides
“We’re Not Participating In Selections!” Says
Haitians in Haiti
(May 27, 2005) Ezili
Danto Witness Project
Fanmi Lavalas denounces Marc Bazin and his renegade Fanmi Lavalas
Condemn Sham Elections in Haiti
“Be true to the highest within your soul and then allow
yourself to be governed by no customs or conventionalities or
arbitrary man-made rules that are not founded on principle.”
Ralph Waldo Trine