In January and February, he was hired by CNN to drive us around. On my latest trip, he drove me around and translated for me. Mariot’s English, all self-taught, is very good.
Stuck in Port-au-Prince traffic, Mariot and I enjoyed interesting conversation.
He gave me a book this time: “Like the Dew that Waters the Grass.” It’s a collection of words from Haitian women — about gender violence, political turmoil, Aristide, jobs, lives and most of all, perseverance and courage.
Mariot signed the book to me: “Don’t try to be a copy of somebody else.”
Even more precious is that he rescued the book from the rubble of his quake-destroyed home.
Thank you, Mariot.