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In Solidarity with Morocco, HDNdigest 3 

Late on the night of September 7, as we were trying to wrap up the second issue of HDNdigest, Morocco was about to experience a seismic storm that plunged thousands of families into mourning. 

Such a tragedy cannot leave us indifferent, we Haitians who suffered an equally deadly earthquake a decade earlier. So, it is only natural that HDNdigest 3 should stand in solidarity with Morocco, with two poems by two great contemporary Moroccan writers, Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine’s “Lettre d’amour aux anges qui n’écoutent pas” (Love letter to angels who do not listen) and Abdellatif Laâbi’s “Tragédie toute” (Tragedy all), to be read or listened to in French, English or Spanish. 

Echoing as it were these Moroccan pages, this third issue presents in the “bonnes pages” section the first book published in Haiti, Mémoires pour servir à l’histoire d’Hayiti by Adjutant-General Boisrond-Tonnerre. This work is best known first and foremost in its faulty 2nd edition of 1819, as Jean Jonassaint showed in a May 2013 blog, “A Very Historic Moment in Caribbean Studies: Boisrond-Tonnerre’s Mémoires (1804) online,” in which he introduced the original text by Dessalines’ secretary to a wide online audience for the first time. We have posted the book here in its original 1804 edition. We have also provided English and Spanish translations of the first pages of this seminal text for the benefit of English and Spanish speakers. 

In addition, in the “New & Noteworthy” section, this third issue highlights a major upcoming event for Haitian research, “Valorisation des répertoires musicaux classiques afro-diasporiques” (Valorization of classical Afro-diasporic musical repertoires). This colloquium scheduled to take place in Montreal on September 29 and 30, 2023, will be an exceptional opportunity to discover or rediscover important figures in Haitian art music, from Ludovic Lamothe to Claude Dauphin and David Bontemps, via Werner Jaegerhuber and Carmen Brouard, among others. 

For the rest of our pages, continue to explore our site @ hdn.org/digest-3. You will find much of interest to see, read or listen to, and perhaps something to please or educate you… 

The Coeditors

Asselin Charles and Jean Jonassaint

The HDNdigest is a publication of Haitian Development Network designed for a composite readership consisting of people interested in, and supporting of, the economic, social, and cultural progress of Haiti and in the advancement of Haitians and Haitian descendants, both in Haiti and abroad. 

In addition to promoting Haiti, Haitians, their descendants, and communities, HDNdigest has three sets of objectives:

  1. To inform its readers, especially members and supporters of Haitian Development Network, about the organization’s activities, which include recent achievements, ongoing projects, and planned initiatives;
  2. To inspire and motivate its readers to support development initiatives for Haiti and Haitian communities;
  3. To suggest promising pathways for Haiti, Haitians, and Haitian descendants in such key areas as communication, community building, economy and finance, education, energy, entrepreneurship, food production, health, housing, transportation, etc.

Materials included in this publication are in English, French, Haitian Kreyòl or Spanish. Whenever possible we will provide French and English versions of editors’ texts that are more than two paragraphs long. Machine translation of various writings is available by simply clicking on the desired target language (French, English, or Spanish) — the current technical conditions do not allow us to provide automatic translations in the Haitian language.

Two co-editors, Asselin Charles and Jean Jonassaint, assume oversight of the content and form of the materials published in this biweekly. They may also contribute short essays or information pieces. Other materials included in the publication are contributed by volunteer collaborators or taken, with requisite attribution, from open sources on the web or in the public domain.

The HDNdigest is an online bimonthly published every first and third Thursday of the month from February to November; on the first Thursday of December; and on the third Thursday of January.

The HDNdigest will be delivered free of charge directly to subscribers’ emails. In addition @ hdn.org/digest-2, readers can access the publication directly online or download it onto their device to be read, listened to, or printed. 

Contents of This Issue:  

For Haitian news, some Haitian media accessible online:


In solidarity with Morocco bereaved by a terrible earthquake on September 8, 2023

To read or listen to two poems by two great contemporary Moroccan writers, Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine and Abdellatif Laâbi


Activities and productions worthy of attention: publications, exhibitions, shows, conferences, etc. 

Valorisation des répertoires musicaux classiques afro-diasporiques (Promotion of classical Afro-diasporic musical repertoires)

Journées d’étude on September 29 and 30, 2021 at the University of Montreal and UQAM]


This section offers links to ads and other information on opportunities in various fields (jobs, education, investment, volunteering, etc.). Each link is introduced by an identifying heading. 

Avenues for personal or collective development, training, jobs, investments, and other opportunities in various fields. 


This section showcases inspiring writings, old and new, by Haitian authors on subjects of significance to Haitians and to others interested in Haitian matters.

To read or listen in French, English or Spanish an excerpt of the very first book published in Haiti, Mémoires pour servir à l’histoire d’Hayti by l’adjudant-général Boisrond-Tonnerre (1804). 


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