Name: Duckens Richmond
Hometown: Delmas 32, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Languages spoken: French and Haitian Creole
How many people live with you?: I don’t remember. Wait so that I can think, please…Six.
Parents’ work: They don’t work.
Favorite foods: Rice and porridge, spaghetti, ketchup and other things.
Favorite subject in school: Mathematics, because I find it easy.
Favorite activities: Playing basketball, soccer and riding bikes.
How have you been affected by the earthquake?: It changed me in the way that I used to be with my mom. When my mom used to tell me to go clean up my room or go drop something in the trash, I used to get upset. But now, I’m kinda like, ‘Okay, it’s good. I will.’ I behave so that the earth won’t tremble with me again. My house didn’t fall, but it got damaged.
Is there anything you think kids in the U.S. should know about kids in Haiti?: They should know that we’re good kids.
HAITI AT A GLANCE
Location: Haiti occupies one-third of Hispaniola, an island in the Caribbean.
Ethnic groups: 95% are of African descent; 5% are of European and mixed descent
Languages: French and Haitian Creole
Poverty rate: 80%
History: Before 1492, a thriving population of indigenous Arawak people farmed and lived off the land. In 1492, Christopher Columbus established a European settlement on the island of Hispaniola. Within nearly 25 years, the Spaniards had wiped out nearly all the Arawak. The Spanish forced Africans to move to Hispaniola as slaves. In 1697, Spain surrendered Haiti to France. From 1791-1804 the slaves of Haiti staged a revolution against France. They won, kicked out the French and abolished slavery in 1804.
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Earthquake: Tranbleman tè
-Profile and photo by GRANT FULLER, “Haiti at a Glance” and “Learn a Little Haitian Creole” by MAYA DAVIS, age 13
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