(Google translation: Portuguese – French, edited by #LeReCit @reseaucitadelle by Cyrus Sibert)
Tuesday September 15, 2020 ((rezonodwes.com)) –
Iara Lemo currently at Folha de S Paulo in Brasília, launches his first book, The Haitian Cross – How the Catholic Church Used Its Power to Hide Religious Pedophiles in Haiti, published by de Tagore Editora and hits bookstores on September 18 .
Already pre-sold, the report deals with violence suffered by Haitian children, victims of religious of the Catholic Church who work or have worked in the country.
It was more than ten years of research in three countries in which. Iara even achieved support with Mitchell Garabedian a worldwide celebrity when the topic involves reports of abuse related to Catholicism. She retrieved documents from the Vatican and from Canadian and American courts. Garabadian is the lawyer responsible for the actions which strengthened the investigation into the Spotlight case in the early 2002s, which revealed the violations consummated by priests in the region of Boston, with the connivance, for more than 20 years, of Cardinal Bernard Francis Law.
Iara brings interviews with victims and journalists from Haiti, like Cyrus Sibert . For him, like slavery, the sexual exploitation of children and their slavery ( restavek in Creole) are unacceptable practices: “In this book, Iara tells the story of the victims and the weak. It allows “speechless” people to tell their story, their pain. I had the privilege of sharing with her my experiences, my testimony and my opinions on a complex reality, sometimes unthinkable, but which causes a lot of suffering “. Sibert courageously denounced the American Douglas Perlitz (sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for child sexual abuse in Haiti) on his blogs and former radio show in Cap-Haitien.
Although it is from a book that presents extremely harsh realities, Iara manages to sew the narrative together without losing sight of the good things of the land, showing poise and love for people and for the courageous way they live with their ailments. . “This is an essential book! “, Underlines Ricardo Seitenfus doctor in international relations at the Institute of Higher International Studies of the University of Geneva, former representative of the OAS in Haiti. Matheus Leitão Netto signs the preface. The launch, on September 18, will be live with a live on Instagram (@iarablemos), at 7pm, when Iara will be interviewed by Marcos Linhares her press secretary and agent literary
Originally from Gaúcha de Alegrete, Brasilia, Iara graduated from UFSM and is a specialist in political history. With more than 18 years of experience in television, print media, internet and radio, she has also worked in press relations, focusing on crisis management. He is currently a political journalist in Folha de S. Paulo in the federal capital. She was editor-in-chief of the newspaper Destak in Brazil, reporter for G1 and Grupo RBS. Among others, she won the Esso award, in the Interior category, and an honorable mention in the Human Rights Journalism Award.
She discussed the book with Kátia Morais editor-in-chief of J & Cia in Brasilia:
Jornalistas & Cia – What kind of violence have Haitian children suffered? Did they also implicate Brazilian nuns? And since when have they occurred?
Iara Lemos – It was about sexual abuse, in exchange for basic care such as food, bath and medicine. They date back to the 1990s, according to the documents I have had access to, but there may be cases before that. However, they never involved Brazilian nuns. The latter develop an incredible proportion of social work, which serves as a basis for Haitian children.
J & Cia – What was the reaction of the Catholic Church to the complaints ?
Iara – The Catholic Church has a system of covering up religious pedophiles. One of the cases, that of Douglas Perlitz, even had the support of a priest for the crimes to be committed. He has never been punished. Of the cases I report in the book, only one has documents in the Vatican. These are the crimes committed by the ex-nuncio of the Church in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Even then, he was not punished. He died in Vatican custody, after fleeing the Caribbean region. Father Bruno Eugener, who raped girls at the school he coordinated inside Haiti, has never been punished like everyone else. One of her victims told me that she had been raped at gunpoint. So she got pregnant, gave birth to a daughter (the priest's daughter) and lives under threat. Cyrus Sibert, a Haitian journalist who helped me a lot in my research, had to take his family out of Haiti after receiving death threats. Without a doubt, this is a crime protection network that needs to be broken.
J & Cia – What impressed you most about this research , besides the sad discoveries, of course …
Iara – It is difficult to arrive at this answer, but I think that the inertia of the legal system, linked to the immense network of protection created by the Catholic Church over the years, is something impressive. In the case of the Haitian state, the two come together in a gear oiled by the pain of their victims. Children entered schools in search of education, food and even the opportunity to take a bath and were raped. They were to keep this a secret or lose what little they had. It is difficult for victims to break the barrier of silence and seek support. It has been difficult for me to hear so many reports, to discover these forms of violence against children who should be protected. I thank everyone who trusted me in their pain, in the hope that one day we can change this reality of pain and violence.
J & Cia – How do the Haitian people react to such barbarities?
Iara – Most Haitians live in poverty. The state depends on the Church to assume responsibilities and services it is unable to provide to the people, such as health and education. The relationship established between the Catholic Church and the Haitian state is so great that voodoo practiced by the majority of the population has been considered a crime under the Haitian penal code. This was only reversed in 2004. The Catholic Church commands more than a quarter of schools in Haiti. This is extremely important work in extremely small territory, and that is why crimes like the ones I relate in the book are tolerated so as not to destroy jobs and services essential for the survival of local society. Haiti needs social work.
J & Cia – Do you intend to launch the book also in the USA and in Haiti itself?
Iara – We talk to people outside of Brazil, and there are also contacts so that the work can extend to Haiti. There, however, some publishers have already refused publication due to the fact that they work with books from the Catholic Church. There is no doubt that we have a long way to go. I believe the conversations in the United States will proceed more quickly, especially since I have relied on the support of attorney Garabedian, a benchmark for Church pedophilia crimes, who has also helped colleagues who exposed the complaints inside the United States, as described in the case film Spotlight . Thanks to him, I had access to American legal documents which resulted in the punishment of the clerics. Some of the Haitian victims were even compensated for the crimes they suffered.
From the original text: Iara Lemos denuncia em livro religiosos pedófilos no Haiti Iara Lemos denuncia em livro religiosos pedófilos no Haiti – Portal dos Jornalistas