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Haití: Por violencia Política, Hospital Incendiado y Médico y Paciente Muertos Quemados

STANDING IN SOLIDARITY: A TRIBUTE TO PHYZEME, BELOVED COLLEAGUE, BELOVED SON

Posted on 04/22/11

 

The Partners In Health/Zanmi Lasante family mourns the death of our beloved colleague, Phyzeme Isly, who was the victim of an arson attack on a ZL staff residence during the early hours of Thursday, April 21st. The attack came in the immediate aftermath of the announcement of final election results for local officials shortly after midnight in Belladere, a Haitian community near the Dominican border. During the attacks, government buildings and vehicles were also set ablaze.

 
 

Phyzeme Isly
 

 
 

Hopital de la Nativite in Belladere.
 

ZL staff across Haiti grieve the loss of their dearly loved colleague, Phyzeme (whose name means "beloved son" in Haitian Creole). Born in 1967 in Grand Riviere du Nord in the North of Haiti, Phyzeme worked for the last nine years as the head laboratory technician for PIH/ZL in Belladere, at the Haitian Ministry of Health’s Hopital de la Nativite. As one of the longest serving PIH/ZL staff in Belladere, Phyzeme was a key figure in improving the quality of care at this site by ensuring that patients had continued access to laboratory services. Before moving to Belladere, he completed his year of social service in the neighboring town of Lascahobas.

PIH/ZL expresses their sincere condolences to the family that Phyzeme has left behind, including his 10-year-old son, Wansly. PIH/ZL strongly condemns the violence that has occurred, which has not only taken the life of our beloved colleague, but wounded others.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Phyzeme's family and all of our colleagues in Belladere," says PIH Executive Director Ophelia Dahl. "Such violence is deplorable, and strikes a community already struggling with poverty and injustice. In solidarity, we will continue to accompany the families and community at large in Belladere." 

PIH/ZL calls upon the Haitian authorities, with whom we are working, to pursue justice and restore peace in the city of Belladere; and calls on the UN to restore security in the area.

In a typical strong exhibition of solidarity, the ZL family across Haiti has united to show their support for their colleagues in Belladere. Immediately following the attack, the ZL team mobilized to secure the safety of all ZL staff in Belladere, resulting in their evacuation to our sister site in a neighboring border town in the Dominican Republic. PIH/ZL is providing psychosocial and financial support to the staff who lost most of their belongings in the fire. 

Details surrounding the motivations behind the attack remain unknown as political violence continues in Belladere. Gunshots and roadblocks are being reported as the story unfolds even now. 

PIH/ZL expresses their sincere condolences to the family that Phyzeme has left behind, including his 10-year-old son, Wansly. PIH/ZL strongly condemns the violence that has occurred, which has not only taken the life of our beloved colleague, but wounded others.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Phyzeme's family and all of our colleagues in Belladere," says PIH Executive Director Ophelia Dahl. "Such violence is deplorable, and strikes a community already struggling with poverty and injustice. In solidarity, we will continue to accompany the families and community at large in Belladere." 

PIH/ZL calls upon the Haitian authorities, with whom we are working, to pursue justice and restore peace in the city of Belladere; and calls on the UN to restore security in the area.

In a typical strong exhibition of solidarity, the ZL family across Haiti has united to show their support for their colleagues in Belladere. Immediately following the attack, the ZL team mobilized to secure the safety of all ZL staff in Belladere, resulting in their evacuation to our sister site in a neighboring border town in the Dominican Republic. PIH/ZL is providing psychosocial and financial support to the staff who lost most of their belongings in the fire. 

Details surrounding the motivations behind the attack remain unknown as political violence continues in Belladere. Gunshots and roadblocks are being reported as the story unfolds even now. 

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Comentario de Victor Méndez-Dussán el abril 26, 2011 a las 1:18pm
Me sumo al repudio internacional por la muerte de este compañero y por hacer una llamado al cese de la violencia política en Haití
Comentario de OLIVER PRUÑONOSA SANTANA el abril 25, 2011 a las 6:52pm
Es condenable cualquier acto de violencia contra civiles, auen mas reprochable el hecho que nuestros dirigentes politicos lo sigan usando como medio de cohersion
Comentario de Carlos Alberto Duarte Claro el abril 24, 2011 a las 7:20pm
is very concerned the level of violence in haiti, they have not consideration to the work ,the life  or respect at this doctor, dontcare the work that he hasbeen making across the time to imporve the health of his town. for this behaivor god send a lot of message in last year.

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