guardian.co.uk, Thursday 24 February 2011 14.00 GMT
Haiti is indebted to South Africa for sheltering ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Please now assist his early return
Jesse Jackson, Danny Glover and others
Dear President Zuma,
We write to offer our warm thanks and appreciation for the gracious generosity and historic hospitality that the South African government and the South African people have offered to President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and his family over the past seven years.
Jean-Bertrand Aristide (left) being welcomed by South Africa's then president, Thabo Mbeki, on arrival at Johannesburg, in May 2004. South Africa granted Aristide and his family asylum after Haiti's president had been forced into exile by a coup. Photograph: EPA/Jon Hrusa
South Africa's action in offering a home to the Aristides, following the coup d'état in 2004, was an act of brotherhood in keeping with the many acts of international solidarity shown towards the people of South Africa during their long walk to freedom. This deed will be remembered by the people of Haiti and the world.