by Etant Dupain
The video that shows MINUSTAH soldiers sexually aggressing Johnny
Jean is evidence of one dishonorable act the MINUSTAH perpetrated in
Port Salut, Haiti. But it is just one of many.
The video that degraded a family has raised many questions about the
importance of MINUSTAH. It is yet another time that MINUSTAH has shown
its true face – instead of accomplishing its mission it created more
problems in society.
One of the things that people in the streets of Port Salut know is
that MINUSTAH soldiers have fathered many children in the village, and
they have a habit of exchanging food and money with women for sex.
Carole is a twenty-seven year old who was afraid to give her last
name. She has traded sex for food with the Uraguayan MINUSTAH
peacekeepers, and they have promised her a job. Carole explained that
she very much regrets she did it, but she had no money to take care of
herself and she has no job.
It wouldn’t be surprising if in a few years we see Port Salut turn
into a town where many of the children are half Uruguayan and half
Haitian, because one of the things the Uruguayan soldiers have done in
the area is impregnate women and not take care of their children.
That is the situation Roselaine Duperval finds herself in, with a
two-year child whose father is a MINUSTAH soldier. The father’s name is
Santiago Barios, he is Uruguayan and no longer part of the UN Mission
and his child’s name is Sasha Francesca Barios. Santiago left Roselaine
when she was pregnant and left the UN Mission to return to his country.
Since he left, Roselaine has never heard a word from him and their child
has been prone to sickness. When I visited Roselaine and Sasha, I saw
that Sasha was not in good health and the family is in a very difficult
Rose Mina Joseph is seventeen years old and eight months pregnant. A
Uruguayan soldier named Julio Posse got her pregnant after they had
liked each other for a few months. Rose Mina was only sixteen years old
when she got pregnant and now she is counting the days until her baby is
born. Julio recognizes that he is the father of Rose Mina’s child and
he still calls her on the phone to talk with her, but he hasn’t said
whether or not he will return to help with his child.
During the eight months of her pregnancy so far, Rose Mina received
two money transfers from Julio totaling $250 U.S. – not enough for her
to make regular visits to the hospital and receive proper pre-natal
Rose Mina’s sister, Roselaine Joseph, explained how it was the
members of their family now who have been spending their money at the
hospital and to buy food for Rose Mina during her pregnancy. And in the
coming days when Rose Mina will go into labor, they don’t know how they
will find the money to take care of Rose Mina’s hospital bills and
support her and her child.
As far as Eviks Daniel knows, soldiers from the MINUSTAH contingent
in Port Salut have fathered at least five children in the village, and
Rose Mina’s child will make the sixth. Eviks is a political activist and
was responsible for organizing a demonstration on Monday, September 5
against the ongoing MINUSTAH presence in Port Salut.
I can confirm I personally spoke with three women who have had the
children of MINUSTAH soldiers and their children have the last names of
their fathers, Uruguayan MINUSTAH soldiers. Their children are
light-skinned despite their mothers being dark, and some of them receive
money transfers from the fathers of their children.
two of the three families I spoke with, I saw the children and they
gave me authorization to publish their names and photos, and I also
confirmed their stories with others in street of Port Salut. It is not
difficult to find a woman in Port Salut who has had a child with a
Johnny Jean became one of many victims of MINUSTAH but it was not the
first dishonorable act by the MINUSTAH in Port Salut. The worst thing
in the history of violations of human rights MINUSTAH has perpetrated in
Port Salut are the authorities who are aware but they never do anything
to help the victims or denounce MINUSTAH, and because of this we have
arrives at the case of Johnny Jean and a revolting act.
One of the reasons MINUSTAH has created so many problems in Port
Salut is that they have no work to do – it is a peaceful and beautiful
town that has never had any reputation of violence.
When you arrive at the MINUSTAH base to talk with someone in charge
in Port Salut, all the soldiers stand with their big weapons and say
they don’t talk to journalists. It wasn’t hard to find a pipe
that MINUSTAH has coming out of their second base that is across from
the high school in Port Salut. The pipe/canal empties directly onto the
beach, and all waste water from the base is dumped there, with trash in
it into this canal, creating a problem of mosquitoes in the area.
In the same way that MINUSTAH contaminated Haiti’s water with cholera
that has killed more than 6,000 people, they are being irresponsible
and could contaminate another public space, give more illness and
further illustrate how MINUSTAH doesn’t respect Haitians or the value of