Maurice Sixto 

Maurice Alfredo Sixto was born in Gonaives on May 23, 1919. His father who had the exact same name, was an engineer by profession and his mother was a stay at home mom. Being from a wealthy family, he attended Haiti's most prestigious school, Saint Louis de Gonzague and after high school was sent to the Haitian Military Academy where he would only stay for a couple of months, then opted instead for law studies at the country's national university. While attending law school he landed a job as a journalist for the famous Haitian newspaper Le Matin, then for Radio HHBM (now MBC) as a presenter. He left Haiti in 1961 to teach English at the Republic of Congo till 1969, when he decided to live in Paris where he served as a Haitian diplomat despite being legally blind for over a decade, then the USA, where he would finally die at the age of 65 in the US State of Philadelphia.

Maurice Sixto is remembered for being the greatest Haitian storyteller.Through his many tales, he alone played the numerous characters he himself created. This prolific artist fingered all the wounds that plagued the Haitian society; he also became one of the earliest pioneers advocating for the usage of Haitian Creole in school teaching. His most famous work tackled, undoubtedly the most significant social injustice in Haiti, which unfortunately is still a major problem in the country; child servitude; a form of modern day slavery where the child servants are commonly known as restavèk; they are usually sent to live with better off family members in the hope of getting a better life, and be sent to school; but in reality, the shocking majority of restavèk are instead always subjugated to beatings, hard labors and mental and sexual abuses. Maurice Sixto's iconic voice combined with his usage of rich, descriptive and blunt Haitian Creole, meticulously narrated the everyday life of Sainte Anise, the fictitious character he used to portray the child servant. He explicitly pointed out the abuses of little Sainte Anise who was living with her god-mother; both humor and wisdom emphasized the apparent contrast between the living conditions of little Sainte Anise and the other children of her god mother. Before and after Maurice Sixto, a disgraced society stays totally oblivious towards the appalling attributes of the restavèk system in Haiti.

In the name of Maurice Sixto, we should be calling on the current Haitian Government to come up with an effective plan to eradicate the restavek problem in Haiti. It is totally a disgrace for past and current Haitian leaders to stay heavily silent on the appalling system of restavek which takes advantage of the most vulnerable in our society. Nearly a century has passed and it is more than time to put our foot down and say no to this form of human exploitation.  

Maurice Sixto-Ti Sentaniz Part 1 of 2.mp3

Maurice Sixto-Ti Sentaniz Part 2 of 2.mp3

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