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January 1, 2009

Today is Haiti Independence Day, Cuba Liberation Day and Sudan National Day

Haiti Independence Day: The native leader Jean-Jacques Dessalines, long an ally of Toussaint Louverture, defeated the French troops led by Donatien-Marie-Joseph de Vimeur, vicomte de Rochambeau at the Battle of Vertières. At the end of the double battle for emancipation and independence, former slaves proclaimed the independence of Saint-Domingue on 1 January 1804, declaring the new nation as Haiti, honoring the original indigenous Taíno name for the island. Haiti was consequently the first country in the Western Hemisphere to abolish slavery. source
Cuba Liberation Day : The first of the year’s Cuban festivals, occurring on January 1st. All over the country, Cubans take to the streets, with enormous street parties held in every city and town. In Havana, this day is celebrated with outdoor concerts and other events. source

Sudan National Day: The newly elected Sudanese government led by the first prime minister Ismail Al-Azhari, went ahead with the process of Sudanisation of the state's government, with the help and supervision of an international committee. Independence was duly granted and on January 1, 1956, in a special ceremony held at the People's Palace where the Egyptian and British flags were lowered and the new Sudanese flag, composed of green, blue and white stripes, was raised in their place. source


Fige Bornu said...

Peace to Haiti, Cuban and the Sudan.

Fly Girl said...

Much honor and respect for the liberated Diaspora of Haiti, Cuba and Sudan!


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