Former Haitian Restavek to Speak

Hear his story.

Repeating Islands

Professional drummer and former Haitian restavek, Bill Nathan, will speak at noon on April 12, 2012, at the University of Saint Francis, outside the Pope John Paul II Center, on 2701 Spring Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He will perform and tell his story of becoming a musician after falling into slavery as an orphaned child. The presentation is free and open to the public.

According to a news release from the university, the story of his life of abuse as a restavek (slave child) at age 7 after the death of his mother has been chronicled in the book, A Crime so Monstrous: Face to Face with Modern Day Slavery. At age 11, his mistreatment drew the attention of Sister Caroline in the city of Hinche, and he was sent to St. Joseph’s Home for Boys in Port-au-Prince, where he was educated and became a leader. He now…

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