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Bastien, Marleine

Social worker, community activist – Bastien grew up in Pont Benoit, a village in central Haiti. Her father, Philippe, built

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Taino queen – Born in Yaguana (today the town of Léogâne), the flourishing capital of Xaragua, the most prosperous and

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Country’s Birth Celebrated Amid Crisis

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Photo: President Preval – © NewsHour

BY JACQUELINE CHARLES, Miami Herald, Jan. 02, 2011

Gonaïves – Some 207 years after their enslaved ancestors broke the shackles of slavery, Haitians commemorated their country’s birth as the world’s first black republic amid crisis and uncertainty.

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