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Harassment of Haitians hurtful

Published:Wednesday | March 2, 2011 | 12:00 AM


Most people with an appreciation of human rights will agree that the Haitian debacle in Montego Bay was an embarrassment for Jamaica. Most CARICOM countries would have done the same thing.

The truth is that any team from any country that the host country considers inferior can face the same level of humiliation that the Under-17s endured. It is more about values and attitudes, rather than protocol. Who respects the poor and the weak? Only people who are well-cultured.

Most people helped Haiti after the earthquake in pity, rather than love. People wanted to feel good that they helped the poor. The Haitian government itself never communicated with its embassy in Jamaica about looking after the interest of the Under-17s.

A Jamaican friend said to me that Haitians are ungrateful because Jamaica was the first nation which helped them after the earthquake. Since she is a woman, I asked her if her boyfriend could beat her anytime he wanted because he provides for her. Hell no, she said.

I believe that every country has the right to protect public health, its citizens and its borders, but that does not mean that you must humiliate others.

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