Elie [Jean-Louis Elijah Joseph] passed away in the early hours of Thursday 11th June in Port-au-Prince aged 43 years. Elie is survived by his wife and 7 children plus another child on the way. Elie who has been a political activist for all of his adult life, lived at Camp Acra & Adoquin for the past 5 years along with 30,000 other displaced people from the 2010 earthquake. After the 2004 US led coup overthrowing President Aristide, Elie along with thousands of other political and human rights activists fled in hiding to the Dominican Republic. It was therefore no surprise that within days following the earthquake he immediately began to organize the camp residents to get water and basic amenities including tents and other forms of shelter.
Over the years he has been responsible for mobilizing residents in the fight for compensation for cholera and in demanding housing for all displaced people. In 2013 the housing action group CHAL was formed in the camp specifically to advocate for housing from the Haitian government and international community. In addition to campaigning for housing for IDP, CHAL has been actively involved with a range of social justice struggles as well as encouraging members to participate in the political process. In 2014 CHAL finally obtained the documents to a piece of land in Gressier outside of Port-au-Prince.
Elie was the driving force behind these initiatives at Camp Acra & Adoquin and was totally dedicated to the struggle for liberation in Haiti. He never compromised and never gave up despite police harassment including being forced to attend court and threats on his life. His passing is a huge loss to the camp, to Haiti and the struggle for liberation.
Elie will be buried on the 26th June and the camp would like to honour him at this time. Any donations you are able to make will be appreciated.
Donations can be made by via our websites Donate button. Please include your name and Funeral as the subject. Thank you from all of CHAL, the residents of the Camp
Elie at press conference calling for the end of the UN occupation
Members of CHAL Sunday meeting
Elie in Cap Haitian
Elie and Serge Supre