Imagine a young child in the family sent by his school authorities to a different city for medical social work as an unpaid intern. Having gone out with “friends,” he doesn’t come back, till you learn from his ex-girlfriend ‘‘he died of drowning in the swimming pool of the Stop Ma Hotel Bar et Resto hotel located on 21, Route de Pont Tambour Saint Marc Haiti, 4310”. Someone who has been passionately swimming across the oceans died of drowning? Seriously!. This reminds me of the recent shady murder mystery of Dr. Dulenscy Durandisse, a dedicated young doctor murdered at the age of 29.
Having pursued medicine at Quisqueya University in Port-au- Prince, Haiti, Dr. Dulenscy on the day of his graduation- 31st March, 2021 goes out to celebrate his day. He along with a few of his other friends, visited Stop Ma Hotel Bar et Resto on 21, Route de pont Tambour Saint Marc, Haiti, 4310 for the celebration. Around 11 PM, his father, Prosper Durandisse abruptly gets a call from his ex-girlfriend reporting the incident, “Dulenscy Durandisse died of drowning in the hotel’s swimming pool”.
Stop Ma Hotel Bar et Resto -21, Route de Pont Tambour Saint Marc HT, 4310, Haiti
‘He died in the pool with so many people present around him’, is an argument any layman would be triggered with.
“When the body was brought to the hospital, there were no water in his lungs, his finger tips and eyes looked like he was poisoned,” one of the nurses, who is also the young doctor’s family member, alleges. On inquiring from the so call group of friends along that night, one says, “Dr. Dulenscy wanted to stay and swim a little longer”, but does that make sense that he would die of drowning. While the majority of his so call friends, who accompanied him that night chose to remain silent. Deflated over the incident, the family members of the deceased ask the hotel owner to give the camera footage, regrettably to no avail. The family of the deceased repeatedly urging for an autopsy, pays a handsome amount to expedite the case. Unfortunately, the slumped governance of Haiti, not just mocked at the feelings of the victims but also denied access on trivial grounds. According to a staff from the hospital “The Government commissioner, Mr. Hughes Sylvain numerous times sent the paper for the autopsy with mistakes”, to the doctor (the only doctor eligible to conduct autopsy in Haiti), hence authenticating, no autopsy required. Despite several requests made by the victim’s family to examine the cause of death, the body was denied autopsy and thus buried on the pretext that it was an accidental death due to drowning.
The social institutions: law and medicine, expected to render justice and serve humanity, respectively, seem to have failed multi-fold. In the garb of power, none wishes to cater to its expected essence, rather showcases its cannibalistic traits. Family members not being able to deliver justice to their loved one, once again voice their pain. One month post the mysterious murder, “We would exhume the body for autopsy to be done,” says one of grief-stricken. The world needs to know why justice was denied, why autopsy was shorn off, why the young lad was murdered . . .. The source justified the hospital take, blaming the Government commissioner for having sent the papers with mistakes, while the commissioner appeared to justified his side of the story on yet other menial grounds. Reminded of Benjamin Franklin, who says, “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are”, I vent out my agitation on the murder mystery of Dr Dulenscy Durandisse.
Elie Weasel lucidly writes, “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest”, hence, now is the time to protest, to revolt, and to seek justice. Mass reporting this murder mystery through various news channels, will certainly sensitize the Government commissioner for his negligence.
Hughes Sylvain – Saint Marc, Haiti Government Commissioner
Lois McMaster Bujold rightly says, “The dead cannot cry out for justice. It is a duty of the living to do so for them”. So let us stand together against this heinous crime- one craftily designed as an open and shut case. Today it is Dr. Dulenscy Durandisse, tomorrow it may be you, your loved one. Unleashing the scandals of those in power, let our collective consciousness demand ‘We need justice, We need justice! RIP brave heart Dr. Dulenscy Durandisse!. You will be remembered forever.
In Memory of Dr. Dulenscy Durandisse