• 00:00    |    
    Initial credits
  • 00:21    |    
    Introduction
  • 01:10    |    
    Haiti story
    • French colonialism
    • A slave culture
    • Independence
  • 05:06    |    
    Jean-Robert Cadet childhood
  • Fetching water
  • 06:44    |    
    Slaves as properties
    • Restavec
    • Slaves were given as gifts
    • Not allowed to speak
    • The family that raised me
  • 12:03    |    
    An experience that changed my perspective
  • A police beat me
  • 15:46    |    
    Life in New York
    • A blank birth certificate
    • Same responsibilities
    • I began to study
    • A street child
    • Help from a teacher
    • First job
  • 23:35    |    
    Military service
    • Three years obligatory service
    • University degree
  • 27:52    |    
    Decision to start writing
  • A song to change the culture of slavery
  • 33:50    |    
    Final credits


Restavec: My Story as a Haitian Slave Child

Jean-Robert Cadet was born in Haiti, a country where the french colonialism left a strong slave culture even after its dependence. During his childhood he was given to another "family" where he grew up as a restavec, a unpaid child servant that performs all class of domestic work.

He shares how the slaves were treated as properties, excluded from society and forced to work long hours even without eating. As a child, he had an experience that changed his perspective. Horrified of what he lived, he open his eyes to the situation he was living. Years later, the "family" moved to New York where he had the chance to study and change his life. He shares how hard it was to live as a slave and how we must stop any kind of slavery today. He took the decision to write what happened to him in Haiti and after his first publication, he became the voice of child slavery.

 

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