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7291: Lauture (fwd)
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In reponse to Durban' and the latest anonymous questions on Lauture.
1. Old Haitian family means of Haitian origins preceding independence as
opposed to recent (20th century) immigrants to Haiti such as Brandts,
Madsens, Izmerys. It also means that she may not have to earn all the money
or land she owns. Her family was able to send her to France to study. It
may be a sin to be born in wealth but it is not a sin to use one's own wealth
to help others.
2. Mrs. Lauture was associated with the Michelle Bennetts foundation when MBD
decided to try to do something positive. There was no reason to destroy the
Bon Repos hospital for women just because it was built by MBD's foundation.
3. There are many people in Haiti who associate and/or flatter the current
government to protect their private or public entreprise, including their
charities. Look for the December 25, 1985 issue of the Government Newspaper,
the Nouveau Monde, and you'll find: La Boulangerie Francaise de Antoine et
Georges Izmery souhaite ses meilleurs voeux a son excellence Mr. Jean Claude
Duvalier a la premiere dame de la republique madame Michelle B. Duvalier (a
fulll page add). Now that they've died they were great revolutionaries. The
fact that Izmerys, Lauture and others (maybe Archim included) flatter the
powers does not make it right but it is common practice in Haiti.
4. There is confirmation that half a million dollars was spent on dishes,
glasses, and utensils for the inauguration. Apparently the prior purchases
of supplies for the national palace were made by Prospere Avril. Since then
there was nothing left in the palace kitchen. So the purchase was not for
the inauguration but for the use of the Aristide government: limoge service
for a party of 800 . Maybe they could have used wal-mart quality, or paper,
plastic, or styrofoam. If Lauture was in charge of the purchase it is
probably because Aristide thought that his poorer friends would use the money
for opening a foreign bank account and leave his guests to eat with plastics.
The governments of Haiti have wasted a lot of money on guns, carnavals, many
presidential inaugurations, big homes for friends and employees, American
private security services. The question of where these government place
their priorities remains, but should not fall on Gladys Lauture exclusively.
5. Since Mr. Durban asks about cars: Mr. and Mrs Lauture have 2 cars, one
of which is a 15 year-old Subaru. About the house: it's a traditional big
house like the ones the US government employees rent in Pacot, Turgeau,
Babiole. It is not one of the new mansions. About house workers: few, she
does her own cooking and he does his own gardening.
6. Finally I would like to add that people demonize women much more than
they do men. Mrs. Lauture is not an angel but she is well-known for being
devoted to Aristide since before he was well-known as she will go very far to
help others who she thinks are trying to do something positive. She is now a
mythical figure in Haitian politics because she meddles in just about
everything. When she asks that something be done by a government official,
it usually gets done. She is very protective of Aristide and she is trying
to help what she perceives as a good cause. Most educated Haitians hate to
see others accomplish anything while they sit around talking about what they
could do but do not understand the concept of work, particularly work that
gets their hands dirty . Jealousy creates distruction. Haitian Women get
things accomplished. Haitian Men hate to admit that things can get