Saturday, April 12, 2008
Peter Kondrat, Your Struggle in Haiti Continues My Friend.
Peter Kondrat, one of Haiti's best friends, is no longer with us. May God bless his soul.
I met Peter twice – once in Haiti during 2007 and again about a year later in the United States.
He was a diligent reader of news from and on Haiti's grassroots. I was delighted when Peter told me "I've read your articles on HaitiAnlysis and I really appreciate them". I was very flattered that he called me "a voice of the poor in Haiti.".
I was delighted to spend time with Peter, a true friend of Haiti and the poor. He fought for human rights in Haiti. He defended the poor and spent almost all his time in the poorest districts when he visited Haiti.
His love for Haiti allowed him to spend his time in Simon Pele a popular neighborhood near Cite Soleil, He spoke to me in Simon Pele about his frustration at the destruction caused there by his government's actions, but he felt happy that by working from Simon Pale and tell people about what was going on he could at least do something about it.
When I left Haiti in early 2008 to study in the US for a semester he called to congratulate me and to offer his help. Peter leaves Haiti with the impact of his noble volunteer work which will hopefully lead to a better future.
We are all destined to die but Peter Kondrat will never die in my mind and in the mind of many independent journalists.
"Every man dies, not every man really lives" -BraveHeart