Haitians in Dominica prepare for travel to homeland

Haitian businessman Petit-Louis Acceus

A Haitian businessman residing in Dominica is making arrangements to rally a contingent of Haitians to travel to their homeland in the wake of a major earthquake.

“Up to now I not yet get any of my family in Haiti,” Owner of Kings Garments Petit-Louis Acceus told Dominica News Online.

Haitians in Dominica have been trying to reach their families and friends in Haiti following a 7.3 magnitude earthquake, which was centered about 14 miles west of the Port-au-Prince capital, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Acceus, who also holds Dominican citizenship, confirmed that since the earthquake there has been a communication problem.

However, one of his Haitian employees has already learnt of the death of family members. Acceus and his other employees who have their families in Haiti are very concerned since they have not received word from their families since the earthquake.

“I trying to organize myself with some people from Dominica. I going to have a meeting to discuss what we have to do. I am a [Dominican] citizen so I can travel … it’s better I go up in Haiti … if I get a [group] with me to see how it is already, to see how we can assist them … I think that would be a good idea also … we have priests in Dominica, we have pastors I talk to them already.

“We have a Haiti association in Dominica, but they’re not very organized …I’m not looking for my business, only I’m looking for my people because we have a lot of family in Haiti, we have a lot of problems… we try to come together today to have a meeting to take a decision to see how we can assist Haiti,” Acceus explained.

He recalled a very destructive hurricane in Haiti which claimed the lives of many residents.

“Now is God only that can do something for Haiti in that matter because we have a lot of problems … not long a hurricane pass in Haiti and a lot of people die … all the office of the President break, the hospital break, a lot of big building break already. I am from Haiti so I do my investigations… I know how big those buildings be so imagine … we have heard a lot of people die already,” he lamented.

Tuesday’s earthquake was followed by two strong aftershocks with magnitudes of 5.9 and 5.5, and residents said that the aftershocks were continuing at eight to 10 minute intervals.

“This is actually the largest earthquake we have seen in the last 200 years in this region. There has not been an magnitude six earthquake since the 1970s,” said geophysicist Julie Dutton attached to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The Director of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Representation Office in Haiti, Earl Huntley, said Wednesday he has not been able to make contact with employees following the massive earthquake that rocked the Caribbean country on Tuesday. Haiti has a population of some nine million people.

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20 Comments

  1. W. Wansborough
    January 14, 2010

    To Child of God:

    I just want to say thanks to you for making the apology.

    It really is not in any of our interests to be fighting each other unnecessarily.

    I look forward to all the positive contributions you will be making to DNO in the future.

  2. Child of God,Saint Paul Mission,New York
    January 14, 2010

    To the staff of DNO, after talking to my Pastor who told me that was not Christian like.accept my apology,may God keep blessing you and yours.

  3. Big-Bannan
    January 13, 2010

    May the children and the innocent survive. May the Voodoo Gods diminish.

  4. W. Wansborough
    January 13, 2010

    To all the staff at DNO,

    It is very disturbing to see you suffering such abuse.

    Your editorial rules are valid and helpful in maintaining the good quality of this site. If there were no rules and people were just allowed to publish anything, the site would be overwhelmed by crass comments and hateful intentions, which in turn would drive away reasoned and objective discussion. I don’t think one person should be allowed to degrade the good reputation of this site.

    I hear people blaming the youth frequently for all sorts of things. Well, what message would we sending to the young and impressionable persons who visit this site, if comments like that were the order of the day?

    ‘Child of God’s’ writing express’ negativity, hate, violence and vindictiveness. He/she also does not appear to understand the meaning of the word ‘edit’. What kind of God has followers like that?

    Please,’Child of God’ if you are reading this, find some goodness in your heart to write an apology to DNO for your behavior. We should all be making an effort to get on with each other.

    Please DNO, don’t allow yourselves to be intimidated by such bullying tactics. Your work is extremely valuable to Dominica.

  5. lisad
    January 13, 2010

    eh las!!! Lord have mercy that’s all I can say.God’s grace is always sufficient for us.

  6. January 13, 2010

    Lets all pray to the people of Haiti lets all put a helping hand little what u have god will bless it

  7. Lily
    January 13, 2010

    Dear Admin:
    Thank you very much for the hard work that you do, especially in bringing us news of the devastation in Haiti.

    It is also good to know that not all ‘children of God” behave and speak in the manner that “Child of God,Saint Paul Mission,New York” did. And praying that a curse falls on someone doesn’t necessarily mean it will. The God I know does not work in this manner.

    The tongue (in this case the PC) truly is a deadly weapon; with it we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing.
    My brothers, this should not be!

  8. HMMMM(1) the psychic
    January 13, 2010

    TO CHILD OF GOD etc……God is not blind and he certainly does not like ugly. What you said makes absolutel y no sense at all trying to threaten the admin just because what you may have said was not approved. Please grow up. Stop acting like child who wasn’t breast feed. And, stop making a mockery of God because you know very well is voodoo you trying to make on the person

  9. Shakier Scotland
    January 13, 2010

    DNO I believe in the saying Karma is a boomerang ….. the evil that we wish unto others will come back to us .

    So the pathetic idiot that cursing you guys it will come back to them .

    Ignorance is bliss !!!!!

    In life everyone can never be at our side , so tell that plump fool today is yours tomorrow is theirs ……. And you guys should totally expose that person , they to dam bad mind .

    Love you guys and keep up the good work .

    Remember if God is for you , then who can be against you .

  10. shabin
    January 13, 2010

    I had my beef with DNO but that was during elections and now it’s over i believe they are doing a fine job.They keep us inform especially those of us who live overseas and to call them jackasses i believe is desrespectful.INSPITE OF EVERTHING I WISH YOU GUYS THE BEST.

  11. Child of God,Saint Paul Mission,New York
    January 13, 2010

    You get my message,this is the last time I am going to write anything to DNO,You all keep editing words like dick,nigger,bugger,every dirt words,but anything with the word GOD offend you.when ever you come against a Child of GOD you are going to lost.To GOD be the Glory.
    My Pastor just told me don’t do that,so I am going to pray to GOD you.

    ADMIN: You’re sick!!!!! Pray for yourself vermin! No one edits out GOD in comments. Again you’re sick and you need to stay off our site. We hope your voodoo is stronger than prayer. And we pray that this is not a Haitian nor Dominica because we already say what is unfolding. The more curse you spew the more will fall on you and the land from which you’re from. Sick!

  12. My Goodness
    January 13, 2010

    Well DNO. Now i see what you guys have to go through and to think your job was easy. I guess there will always be idiots no matter what. Worry not continue to do your job to the best of your ability. The majority of us thinks you are doing a fantastic job especially those of us living abroad

  13. Child of God,Saint Paul Mission,New York
    January 13, 2010

    FROM admin: I saw your “jack___” response cursing us and accusing us of not approving your comment. Mister you should be aware by now that we have other things to do other than approving comments. It is obvious that if you sent a comment and it is not approved as yet, it means it is in the works to be approved. Even the site tells you that. After reading your senseless comment, we checked all the comments waiting to be approved and found the one you sent. Sir, I hope your curse returns to you and bite you in the butt. I don’t care who says this is unprofessional but I personally take no threat lightly.

    Readers for the record, see the comment below that the person sent. We can send you his name and IP address and location on request! (oh and we did approve your comment).

    To whoever that not editing what I write,I pray to God that a curse is going to fall on you ,you jackass.I know you will get my point,whenever anything happen to you,just know I am the One that Pray for that curse. You don’t like the Name God,You’re going to call on his Name very soon.I’m going to praying every day for a curse to follow you all the days of you life,until you and DNO put whatever I write with the name GOD.this is a personal message to you.your jackass,I know I wrote it already.You get my point.
    To God be the glory.

  14. Shakier Scotland
    January 13, 2010

    DNO did our PM hold a news conference yet …. Know you guys are always on top of things .. but I’m just wondering ..

    Thanks .

  15. January 13, 2010

    My heart goes out to the ppl of Haity and there’s family… may God help them through this tragic experince of lost and disaster…..

  16. Rev.Pastor Rawls
    January 13, 2010

    Praise the Lord,My condolences, thoughts and prayers are with the People of Haiti, praying God through his Son Jesus Christ,He will take them through this time of sorrow.
    Prayer for the People of Haiti,
    Heavenly Father I come to you through your Son Jesus Christ,asking you to touch the hearts of People all over the World, that they will pray for the People of Haiti,that Countries all over the World will come together and help this Island in its time of need.
    Lord you said that in JOHN :15-7 If ye abide in me,and my words abide in you,ye shall ask what ye will,and it shall be done unto you.
    Also Lord touch the hearts of the People of Haiti, that they will know that no matter what they are going through,that you are still God and will take them through.
    You said I will never leave you and never forsake you,and I know You can never go back on your words.Amen,Amen.love and best wishes to the People of Haiti.God is with you always.Also my congregation is praying for you, love.

  17. Shana
    January 13, 2010

    My heart goes out to the Haitian people. To all my Haitian friends, Take courage and do not despair. I know it is very hard but God will take you through this!

  18. COLINbaptiste
    January 13, 2010

    My prayers and heart are with our HAITIAN people in HAITI and elsewhere !
    LETS SEE WHAT WE CAN DO TO EASE THEIR PAINS.

  19. Anonymous
    January 13, 2010

    my prayers go out to all those directly and indirectly involved!

  20. jennifer
    January 13, 2010

    it’s verey hard , but as we know it’s one to a nother
    we have to join hand’s together and pray

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