Orphaned Voices Unheard: Part 2
Last week, we talked with Haitian author Ruth Auguste about her childhood which was the inspiration for her novel ‘The Children of Injustice’. Now she shares the lessons she’s learned and the advice she has for others.
Kurama Magazine: If you knew then what you know now, what would you tell yourself and others like you?
Ruth Auguste: You can take control of your thoughts starting right now, because ahead of you await many great talents and dreams that you probably don’t even know you have within your reach to be discovered. Keep in mind that it’s not going to be an overnight process; it takes time but the results are excellent. I am not telling you something that I haven’t experienced myself. In fact, I know exactly what’s going on through your mind right now. Please listen to me: you are not alone, but you need to have determination to want to be free. You cannot be stuck inside a victimized costume or in one place as frightening as it is; you must cross the bridge into the next phase of your life. Leave your past hurt, guilt, humiliation, disappointments and rejection behind.
Ruth Auguste (left) and the cover of her book
Kurama Magazine: Your story is a story of hope and awareness. Knowledge is the greatest power of all, and by telling your story you let others know that they are not alone. What can we do as well?
Ruth Auguste: It's easy to turn away and forget about all this but I challenge you to step outside the box, be inspired and start doing something. Let this not be the end, but a new beginning. I married the love of my life, Garry Auguste, and I found in him all the love and encouragement I needed to reclaim my identity. We are raising our three beautiful children in a violence-free environment, and we are teaching them to never close their eyes on injustice.
Ruth feels the Haitian government has failed many children and women (Photo by Marcia Wilson)
I hope people will buy my book, read it, donate to World Gifters, and help us stop this inhumane life style. It’s very difficult to have a voice silenced and to be unable to call out for help. You and I are their voices. I would like to invite everyone to help me reach my goal for the year of 2012, to finish the construction of the community shelter in Haiti. As a grown adult now, I have come to realize that it was not my mother and I who failed; it was our country that failed to protect us. That’s why I couldn’t be happier when I see that Palace of Injustice on the ground. Only God Knows how much my mother and I have cried with open arms begging for justice in front of that big useless white building packed with careless and heartless so-called authorities. Thank you in advance for being prepared to join us in making a difference.
A picture speaks more than a thousand words: to Ruth it evoked feelings of relief and happiness seeing the palace of justice destroyed; to the world it became the symbol of the devastation after the earthquake and was shown all over the media. The images were shocking as it showed the devastating power of nature. Perhaps following Picasso’s idea that out of destruction comes creation Haiti will move forward to a better way of living; not only rebuilding and renewing their country but also renewing their view of justice for all.