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Story Publication logo August 27, 2012

Aftershocks of Rape in Haiti: Rosean's Story



Her name is Rosean Andre, 34-years-old, and she was raped on March 8, 2010. A friend named Carline took her to an organization called the Commission of Women Victims for Victims (KOFAVIV) after the rape and she has been a regular fixture there since that time. Her husband was killed on October 6, 2010, by gangsters in a shanty where he was living. She has two children, a 12-year-old daughter and a 9-year-old son.

"I was living on the Champ de Mars and the toilets were not very close to the camps where I was living. You have to cross the streets to go there. I went to the toilet one day and five men raped me. It happened at 5:00 a.m in the morning," she said.

"At KOFAVIV every morning I leave home between 5 and 5:20 a.m. where I work to 4:30 each day. I am a security agent. Right now it is not very fruitful for me to work at KOFAVIV. The work does not give me much money. I work there but I cannot eat well, and I cannot drink well. I cannot pay rent. I cannot send my kids to school.

"Right now they give me a few dollars and by the time I get that money, I already owe people money. So when you get paid, the money just goes to other people. In the end you have no money left. At KOFAVIV right now they are waiting for money, for others to provide money to pay us. I've gone many months without much money. Actually, I haven't really been paid for five months. I am pregnant right now."

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