Manmi Zò

19 05 2010

Manmi Zò, “ti manmi nou an” kouman moun nan Site Solèy te rele l, te mouri 12 janvye nan tranblemanntè a 99 an devann legliz kote li te konn kanpe chak jou.  Li te fèt Jakmel nan lane 1910, e te vin Pòtoprens kom jen fi pou travay nan gwo kay, pandan premye okipasyon marin ameriken yo.  Li pat janm marye e pa janm te fè pitit li menm, men li te elve ak okipe anpil timoun òfelen ak abandone nan Site a, malgre li te malere li menm.  Lè nou te mande l kouman li te vin gen laj sa a, li te ose zepòl li e reponn, “M manje banann bouyi ak sòs pwa.”  Ale an pè, Manmi Zò.

Manmi Zò, at home in Boston, Cité Soleil, December 2009. Manmi Zò, lakay li an Boston, Site Solèy, desanm 2009. ©2010 Stories from Haiti

Manmi Zò (Mama Bones), “our little mama” as people in Cité Soleil used to call her, died on January 12 in the earthquake at the age of 99, in front of the church where she used to stand every day.  She was born in Jacmel in 1910, and came to Port-au-Prince as a young woman to work in one of the big houses during the first US occupation.  She never married or had children, but she raised and took care of many orphaned and abandoned children in Cité Soleil even though she was poor, herself.  When asked how she reached that age, she shrugged and replied, “I eat boiled plantains and bean sauce.”  Go in peace, Manmi Zò.


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