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Singer “Freedom” Laroche holds onto optimism, hope for Haiti


FORT LAUDERDALE — Christopher “Freedom” Laroche remembers hallucinating that his soul left his body. It was in the early 2000s, and Laroche was laying in a Toronto hospital, going in and out of a coma. He begged God to help him, promising to do something special for Haiti if he lived.

“The only thing I remember was I was Haitian,” Laroche, 38, said about his time at the hospital. “I did not remember my name. I did not remember nothing. At that point, I felt like my love for Haiti became magic.”

Laroche was at the hospital after being assaulted by more than a dozen men — some of whom beat him with baseball bats. Days after leaving the hospital, Laroche began singing the words Trou Bwa Kayiman se la mwen soti, Creole for “Bois Caïman is where I’m from.” The tune refers to the site of the conclave that kicked off the Haitian Revolution. 

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