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Maeva Voice for the Voiceless

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Who am I? Merely a vessel of truth with a heart to reach the youth. To break it down, I'm a multimedia and performing artist bringing you the bread you need to eat, the water to quench your thirst with a flavor that always puts God first. Through my poetry, I promote advocacy. See! I'm a voice for the voiceless because I am sick and tired of this injustice. And yes! It will take just us to unite so we can all fight for our civil rights. That's why I am here: To fight and help my people fight. Around five o'clock, my father called me and said: "Turn on CNN. There was an earthquake in Haiti." I just started praying and said the shortes prayer in my life, and as soon as I was done, it was just like "I have to do something". And so I did. When the opportunity came to go to Haiti, they were like, "Maeva there's a plane leaving. Do you want to go?" I was like: "Yes". I need to get to my family. I need to get some of this stuff to my family members. I wasn't nervous. was more determined for once I get there, I'm gonna do boom boom boom, Just as soon as we landed in Haiti I felt like I was home. And once we left the airport, just, my eyes were just like: this cannot be Haiti. I wore a face mask when I got to Champs De Mars. I can't describe that ... because it's not something I'm used to smelling. It's a horrible smell and I knew it was the smell of death. We lost six I was told from my dad during the earthquake. I'm a little hard on myself, not hard but, you know, I make sure that I stay focused because my family needs me. Me crying right now is not gonna get them water or the help that they need. Like, just being with them and just spending time with them that Saturday, for a minute, I didn't think about the quake. Just by the time that we were just sitting there inside a tent enjoying each other,... you know,... I didn't think about the quake. This earthquake has even pushed me further into my purpose. Because I've been declaring that I'm a voice for the voiceless, .... so I have to do this. So [that's why] we need to open it as a 501c(3) and be able to get donations without any issues. It's just gonna take time and the right people... and hopefully I'm going to be one of those people because I do plan on going back to Haiti.

Video Details

Duration: 5 minutes and 39 seconds
Year: 2010
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Brittney Bomin, Alessandra Villamil, and Maeva Renaud
Director: Moses Shumov, Executive Director of
Views: 105
Posted by: koze on Jul 9, 2010

Interview of two UM students Brittney Bomin and Alessandra Villamil with Maeva Renaud, Multimedia and performing haitian-american artist, explaining the reasons behind her decision to leave South Florida in June 2010 and return to Haiti: to advocate for Haitians through poetry, to help the youth through her 501c(3) non profit organization: Shalom Village, in Cap Haitian.

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