The Haiti Memory Project

Voices

Follow links below to start listening to the interviews. These interviews are just a small sample of the collection, which will eventually be made available in its entirety. At the moment, only the raw interviews are posted. In the future the Haiti Memory Project will be posting digests as well that will feature some highlights from each interview. When the Project is complete, each interview will be available in audio, accompanied by a transcription in French and English. View them chronologically here or browse them below!

Cliquez sur les liens ci-dessous pour écouter les entretiens. Il ne s’agit que d’un petit échantillon de l’ensemble des entretiens recueillis, qui seront, à terme, disponibles en intégralité. Les enregistrements sont, pour le moment, publiés dans leur version initiale. Seront publiées ensuite sur le site du projet Mémoire d’Haïti, des versions coupées qui souligneront certains points saillants des entretiens. Une fois le projet achevé, chaque entretien sera disponible en version audio, accompagné d’une transcription en anglais et en français. Ecoutez les ici par ordre chronologique ou sélectionnez les ci-dessous!

Adaline Marcel lives in a particularly under-serviced camp in Port-au-Prince with a mentally disabled child. Her daily challenges and emotional trauma are made bearable by grace and companionship.
In Kreyol, :46

Aliodor Pierre a young man living the Champs de Mars, longs simultaneously for stability and revolution.
In Kreyol, 1:21

Claude Adolphe reflects on the meaning of his unlikely survival, and how the earthquake changed Haitian society.
In English, 1:10

Delve Marie Eramithe leads KOAFVIV and explains how they reach out to women facing sexual violence in the camps of Port-au-Prince.
In Kreyol, French, 1:07

Dugenson shares his theory about God’s plan for Haiti, the battle between the satanists and the Christians, and how to prepare for the return of Jesus.
In French, 1:52

Dumas Joseph Alain, a leader in one of Port-au-Princes largest camps, speaks from personal experience about the inadequacies of NGO work and how they could do it better.
In Kreyol, 1:21

Echzechiel Guerrieur dreams of a strong leader like Gandhi or Nelson Mandela emerging to take charge of Haiti as he gazes at the ruins of his neighborhood.
In Kreyol, :45

Eddy Alexandre survived a full day under the rubble with serious wounds before he was pulled out. Months later, he is a leader in his small tent community on Canape Vert.
In Kreyol, :58

Edison recounts a harrowing tale of trying to escape Haiti after the fall of Aristide on a boat bound for America. He also performs two songs that he composed.
In English, 1:00

Fluery Pleusimond talks about the earthquake, vodou’s bad rap and his training as a leaf doctor.
In Kreyol, 1:45

Francoise Erylne describes being trapped under the rubble when her school collapsed, the joy of survival, and the profound religious faith that helped her through it.
In French, :20

Ivrose Pierre is distaught over the mysterious disappearence of her son from their tent community. Although she has been the police several times for help, she suspects black magic is at play.
In Kreyol, :20

Jean Duvil Calixte tells bitter stories about life after the earthquake, NGO manipulation, and the possibility of electoral change.
In Kreyol, 1:15

Jean Kerson Besson is in charge of a homeless camp for the handicapped and elderly in Cite Soleil. The handicapped have always had it hard in Haiti, he says, but he’s hoping with the earthquake things will start to change.
In Kreyol, 1:07


Justine, Avril, Valerie and Pierre
share their extraordinary experiences serving as first-aid workers in the weeks that followed the earthquake. A in-depth discussion of the crisis of Haitian politics and education follows.
In French, 2:20

Marc Antoine Noel,a young school teacher from Cite Soliel, embraced Evangelical Christianity after barely surviving the quake. His life has been transformed by his new religious beliefs.
In Kreyol, French, English, 1:40

Marie Ange Joseph claims her land by building a shelter on the site of her destroyed home in the ruins of Canape Vert.
In Kreyol, :30

Martha Casimir
recalls moving to Port-au-Prince as a young woman the day the Duvalier regime fell, and her progressive disillusionment with politics since the fall of Aristide.
In Kreyol, :48

These men of the Champs de Mars debate the merits of US presence in Haiti. Either America should allow Haitians to receive the benefits of true colonization, or permit Haiti true self-governance.
In Kreyol, 1:37

Phillipe “Doedoe” Bouge despairs about the stunted opportunities offered to Haitian youth as he drives his tap-tap through the city.
In Kreyol, :43

Phillipe Pericles was devastated by the death of his mother in the earthquake. He spent weeks recovering her body in order to give her a proper burial. Now he is responsible coordinating aid for a large community in Canape Vert.
In French, :40

Pierre Deliss and Louis Jean Sebastien decry the conditions of one of Port-au-Prince’s most miserable camps, and call for young people to take charge of government, since the older generation has failed.
In Kreyol, :56

Ralph Guillaume and Corela Peterson discuss human rights violations in the camps and the prisons of Port-au-Prince.
In Kreyol, French, 1:25

Ronald Blan is taking reconstruction into his own hands. This modest family man shares his thoughtful reflections on the quake, camp life, and what future generations should draw from this painful experience.
In Kreyol, French, :46

Rosie Dorissant sells griot in a camp on Canape Vert and frets about the upcoming eviction of her camp from the land they have inhabited since the earthquake.
In Kreyol, :22

A Young Woman on Champ de Mars vents her frustrations about the life in the camps, lack of work, and her anxieties about the cholera epidemic.
In Kreyol, :50

These Women of Place Petion discuss their experiences with domestic violence in the camps, gender inequality, and prostitution as a means of survival.
In Kreyol, :54



Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History
University of Kentucky Libraries