Maurice Sixto is credited for bringing restavek problem in the open

Maurice Alfrédo Sixto, one of the biggest names in Haitian literature, was the son of an engineer Maurice Alfredo Sixto (father and son bears the same name) was born on 23 May 1919 in Gonaives, Haiti. He was a man of many colors-- a professor, ambassador, translator, tour guide, reporter are some of them to name a few. He will be remembered for his immense contribution in Haitian Creole language that took Haitian culture to a glorious stature. His father was a rich man.


In his childhood, Maurice Sixto attended the most prestigious school (Saint Louis de Gonzague), after completing high school lessons, he studied at Haitian Military Academy for a couple of months and joined for law courses. While studying his law course, he worked as a news reporter and a radio presenter. Thereafter his career took new turns and he worked as an English teacher in Republic of Congo. He left Congo in 1969 and decided to settle in Paris and work as Haitian diplomat in France.

Maurice Sixto - lea kokoye:

In most of his writing, he himself played a character of own creation. He is credited with many contributions for the Haitian people, their culture, life and society. His writing played an important role in bringing social justice; he spoke against the child servitude, a name of modern day slavery in the rich household as 'restavek'. His creation spoke in typical rich, enchanting voice but in blunt everyday Haitian Creole. He openly criticized the abuse and negligence of the deprived in the society through a fictitious character he portrayed, a child servant, named Sainte Anise.

Maurice Sixto -Ti Sentaniz:

It should be the responsibility of the present Haitian government to come up with effective plans to eradicate the shameful system of 'restavek' in Haitian society.

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