Hip-hop being played just now in the coffeehouse and I’m pretty certain a good bit of it was in French. … Or Haitian Kreyol, perhaps. … This is what I know — I cannot understand most hip-hop or rap lyrics in English, French or Kreyol.
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LEWISTON — Wilson Louis, mayor of the Haitian district of Cité Soleil was at Bates College on Thursday night and he had plenty to say. But Louis speaks only French and relies on translators to convey his remarks while in the United States.
That’s not much of a problem in Lewiston.
A half-dozen local people — including Lewiston’s mayor and several Bates students — were able to bridge the gap between Louis’ native tongue and the non-French in the audience.
For an hour, Louis described horrendous conditions in his earthquake-battered country.
In Cité Soleil, a city of a half-million people, many have lost their homes and are living on the streets, he said. There are children who have lost fingers and toes. Many don’t have access to medical care, in spite of a massive global effort to help them.
“The situation is really terrible,” Louis said. “Those people need food. They need water; they need medical supplies.”
Click on the link for the rest of today’s story by Mark LaFlamme of the Lewiston Sun-Journal.
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