Christian Long

Edwidge Danticat: Stories of Haiti

In TED Talks on May 9, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Reflection by RACHEL L.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Edwidge Danticat: Stories of Haiti

Some people have something that they are passionate about. Whether it be music, science, photography, or any other subject it drives them and allows them to shine.

For Edwidge Danticat it is obvious that her passion lies in story telling. As she told stories I found myself captivated by the elegance and grace that she showed. There is an audible difference in the way she sounds from when she speaks to when she tells stories. Her voice becomes more soothing and peaceful, as if she is at ease with the world.

Her stories are not what I was used to. They talk about three-legged horses, zombies, and funeral singers. And yet they are so beautiful and intriguing. They grip your attention and won’t let go.

She also starts off talking about Haiti and all the great things and people that have come from Haiti. In 2004, at the time of this talk, Haiti had just experienced a massive earthquake. She wants people to realize that Haiti is not just another poor country in need of help, but a country that had helped the rest of us as well.

Now in the midst of another Haitian earthquake it is important that we remember what Edwidge Danticat says. We need to help the Haitians, but not because they are below us. They are kind people who need our support because they deserve it. It must be incredibly difficult to be born into such poverty and hardship, yet they are still a peaceful and caring people. They only need our help, which they rightfully deserve after all they have been through and done for us.

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