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Posted at 10:15 p.m., Wednesday, November 29, 2001
In Haiti, at least one man killed; several others wounded after tyrant Aristide's bandits open fire on freedom fighters
In the provincial city of St.Marc, 47 miles northwest of the capital Port-au-Prince, Haiti's tyrant Jean-Bertrand Aristide's well armed bandits Thursday opened fire on hundreds of demonstrators, or freedom fighters, calling for him to immediately vacate the office of the presidency, which he continues to claim to have overwhelmingly won in a largely fraudulent election last year.
One male protester, Samuel, 30, was killed, and several others severely wounded after they, too, started chanting "Down with Aristide! Aristide is a thief! Aristide is a criminal!
The Haitians' mecontentement with tyrant Aristide reached a peak Thursday when a general strike closed public transportation, schools and businesses in other provincial cities and towns, including Petit-Goave and Miragoane.
Protesters in those towns and cities also set up flaming barricades at several intersections and were fired on as they chanted "Down with Aristide!" At least two of them were taken out of the circulation by Lavalas Police, or tyrant Aristide's police.
Posted at 2:05 p.m., Monday, November 26, 2001
Once again, unrest in Haiti
Haiti's radical leftist and tyrant, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, had on many occasions promised the estimated 7.8 million Haitians, most of them dirt poor, that their quality of life will soon improve for the better - even surpass that of citizens of the United States.
But as citizens of the Caribbean country once again took the streets of the capital Port-au-Prince in mass today, protesting against poor living conditions and lack of basic services, such as water and electricity, after burning a public bus, one may conclude that nothing at all has been done by tyrant Aristide to improve citizens' lives, except that he continues to purchase $1.5-plus mansions and burning his political opponents alive.
Posted at 1:50 a.m., Sunday, November 25, 2001
Reporters Without Borders to add Haiti's radical leftist Aristide's name to its list of "Predators of Press Freedom"
Many dictators or bad guys' names start with an A: Ayatollah, Adolph, for a start. But Reporters Without Borders' current favorite "A dictator or bad guy" in the Caribbean is Aristide, whose combined first name is Jean-Bertrand.
Reporters Without Borders sharply criticized Haiti's tyrant Aristide Friday, and accusing him of impeding an investigation into the early morning of May 3, 2000 brutal killing of prominent Haitian radio Journalist, Jean Leopold Dominique, 69, in the courtyard of his Radio Haiti Inter station.
By severely criticizing tyrant Aristide, one may conclude that Reporters Without Borders is suggesting that he ceases to prevent the de facto Haitian Senate from lifting the parliamentary immunity of Senator Dany Toussaint, a prominent member of his Lavalas Family Party and well known drug dealer, so he can, to begin with, be taken out of the circulation, then face the bar of justice, and finally a nonguilty or guilty verdict be returned against him after a fair trial for the assassination of Dominique he has long been named in an indictment for by investigative judge, Claudy Gassant.
Should tyrant Aristide fail to adhere to Reporters Without Borders' demand between now and May 3, 2002, the international press freedom group will add his name to its list of "Predators of Press Freedom," according to its Secretary-General Robert Menard, to be distributed to international donor institutions.
Tyrant Aristide's terrorists attack de facto Senators
Rene Civil did it, and many times. So did Paul Raymond and Ronald Camille, whose last name has long been changed, though unofficially so, to Ronald Cadaver, in tribute for killing an innumerable number of Haiti's chief terrorist Jean-Bertrand Aristide's political opponents.
But on November 22, it was the turn of another100 or so tyrant Aristide's paid bandits, who physically attacked two de facto Senators, Clones Lans and Gerard Gilles, in the town of St.Marc, about 50 miles northwest of Port-au-Prince.
The victims took refuge in the town halls after the mobs punctured the tires of their two all-terrain vehicles. "Long live Aristide" shouted the bandits after they surrounded the small building that housed town hall. As usual, no one was taken away in handcuffs by Lavalas Police, or Aristide's police, who were at the scene of the regrettable latest incident.
On that same day, about 114 prisoners at the Port-au-Prince penitentiary, who for more than three years, on the average, have been awaiting for their days in tyrant Aristide's kangaroo court, were at gunpoint forced to fully disrobe, only to be then photographed by cameramen.
The Thursday barbaric action, four days after tyrant Aristide's bandits burned a high school to the ground, was condemned by many human rights groups, both national and international.
A former tyrant Aristide's prime minister, Smarth Michel, went as far as saying in a letter published in one of Haiti's newspapers, Le Nouveliste, that "Aristide was doing the exact same horrible thing that the Europeans did when they were transporting their slaves to Saint-Domingue, now Haiti, from Africa."
Former Premier Michel, who also said that dictator Aristide and his partners in crime were unfit to continue to hold public office, called for a change of leadership in the Caribbean nation of Haiti.
Posted at 1:43 a.m., Thursday, November 22, 2001
Tyrant Aristide's senior de facto Congressman robs two street Haitian-foreign money exchangers of $80,000 after shooting them to death
Days after an innumerable number of prisoners were shot to death, allegedly on the order of tyrant Jean-Bertrand Aristide, during a riot at the capital Port-au-Prince's dilapidated, unsanitary and overcrowded national penitentiary, and one day after hundreds of hungry citizens took to the streets of the capital of the same name, shooting "down with Aristide! Aristide is a criminal! Aristide is corrupt!" two street Haitian-foreign money exchangers were robbed of U.S.$80,000 Wednesday in downtown Port-au-Prince after they were shot to death by two associates of an Aristide's Congressman, Jean-Robert Placide, who represents the district of Port-Salut, in the south of Haiti, in the Haitian de facto Congress.
According to a source we can trust, in an attempt to hid his participation in the odious crime de facto Placide removed the license plate, both from the back and front of his U.S.$80,000 government-issued automobile, before letting his partners in crime use it to escape.
"If it is true that Congressman Jean-Robert Placide participated, even by proxy, in the robbery of $80,000 and murder of the two money exchangers we will lift his parliamentary immunity so he can be prosecuted," a spokesman for the Haitian Congress said Wednesday after enraged citizens called for his arrest.
Many policemen have been implicated in robberies, too, often forming gangs only to then brake into defenseless citizens' homes in the middle of the night. Often, many of the homes' female residents are gang raped by the officers, who are also known to be trafficking in narcotics.
Dany Toussaint, a tyrant Aristide's senator, who has long been indicted for the April 3, 2000 brutal murder of prominent Haitian radio journalist, Jean Leopold Dominique, thought he has yet to be taken out of the circulation because of his senatorial immunity, despite an incalculable number of letters sent to the de facto Haitian Senate by Reporters Without Borders (RWB) and others that his immunity be lifted, is a well known drug dealer. Last year, a news article about his narco-business enterprises appeared in the Washington Times. According to the same article, the U.S.A. is his target market.
There are other well known tyrant Aristide's drug dealers in the Haitian Senate. They include: Florel Celestin and Joseph Medard.
Naturalized American citizen, Yvon Neptune, born 8 November 1946, is Senate President. So, too, he is a spokesperson for Aristide's Lavalas Family Party, commonly known as the party of "death." His passport number is: 035349148-USA.
The 1987 Haitian Constitution forbids foreigners, including Aristide's American wife, Mildred Trouillot-Aristide, who is contemplating a run for the office of the presidency to succeed her husband, from holding public office.
"There is no government in Haiti. Haiti has long been governed by a criminal syndicate," said many Haitians interviewed for this news article.
Posted at 6:01 p.m., Tuesday, November 20, 2001
In Haiti, slum dwellers say 'no to dehumanizing living conditions and leftist Aristide's totalitarian terror'
In Haiti, Jean-Bertrand Aristide's totalitarian terror appears to be drawing to a close end as citizens continue to take to the streets in mass, also protesting the dehumanizing living conditions they long have been subject to.
Residents, a few of them of venerable age, of Haiti's largest garbage-infested Cite Soleil, a district of the capital Port-au-Prince, confiscated at least six de facto government-operated buses after setting up burning barricades, using used car tires, on a major highway, or national route number one, Tuesday in an effort to force authorities to put an end to their miserable and unacceptable unsanitary living conditions.
The protesters, standing not far from mountains of garbage and opened raw sewer, said "we are keeping the buses to send a message to Aristide and his corrupt government officials that we can no longer endure abject poverty and live without electricity, especially while they continue to purchase U.S.$1.5-plus mansions and pay U.S. lobbyists millions of dollars."
The protesters, who also said that they were growing tired with Aristide's totalitarian terror, compared their living conditions to those of pigs or dogs. For about five minutes, they shouted "Down with Aristide! Aristide is also a thief!
The protesters, who had a few unpleasant words for tyrant Aristide, such as he was as corrupt as members of his de facto government, questioned why they voted for him.
Posted at 12:01 p.m., Sunday, November 18, 2001
Martha Jean-Claude, prominent Haitian singer, who was imprisoned while she was three months pregnant, died on November 14, aged 82
Martha Jean-Claude, a prominent Haitian singer, who was imprisoned on December 20, 1952 for criticizing the then Haitian government of Paul Eugene Magloire while she was three months pregnant, died on November 14 in Cuba, where she had been living, after a brief stay in Venezuela, since fleeing Haiti nearly fifty years ago.
|Jean-Claude, who on many occasions performed with Nat King Cole, Celia Cruz, to name only these ones, and whose many songs include: Entre el cielo y la tierra, or Between the sky and the earth, 1980, was the recipient of many prestigious awards during her long distinguished musical career. Among them were: Medaille de la Culture Nationale, or National Cultural Award, in Cuba.|
"When I started singing, I was the only woman doing so. There were women at the theaters, but they were not singers, or aspired to become so, in the near future," once explained Jean-Claude during a performance in Boston.
Jean-Claude, who started singing at the age of 12, after she joined the Port-au-Prince's Roman Catholic cathedral's choir, returned to her native Haiti after 34 years of exile, in 1986. During a second visit there, in 1991, she performed at the Port-au-Prince's Cafe des Arts, the city's Sylvio Cator stadium, National Theater, and International Club. All of her shows, including the one at Kiosque Occide Jeanty, were great successes.
If Amalia Rodrigues, who sang the fado, or destiny, were for a longtime the pride of the Portuguses, Jean-Claude, until expiration, figured among the very few best singers Haiti could ever produced this past century.
Posted at 2:47 a.m., Saturday, November 17, 2001
More than 600 Haitian boat people land in the Bahamas in less than three weeks; many perish in high seas
127 Haitians boat people, including 106 men and 21 women, fleeing leftist and tyrant Jean-Bertrand Aristide's dictatorship of the proletariat and dehumanizing poverty in their country of Haiti, they say, on a 40-foot flimsy boat, landed in the Bahamas Friday, just two days after the United States Coast Guard rescued another 117 Haitian boat people, including more than 100 packed onto a sailboat, off the coast of Haiti, the Coast Guard said Friday.
The boat people, who were en route to Florida, were immediately taken out of the circulation by Bahamian authorities, and they all remain in detention pending their deportation to Haiti.
Bahamian authorities have already deported 6,000 Haitian boat people or so since the beginning of this year.
Bahamian authorities assume another 150 Haitian boat people, whose journey began on Oct. 30 from the southeascoast island of Ile-a-Vache, in Haiti, have perished in high seas and that their remains are consumed by shacks since none of the bodies have been found.
The number of Haitian boat people, however, rescued and then taken into custody by Bahamian authorities over the past three weeks is not also limited to the 65 picked up in Nassau, the capital of Bahamas, on Oct. 4. Their boat was never found.
The next day, Nov. 5, a 40-foot flimsy sailboat ran aground off of Long Island, in the Bahamas, with 63 Haitian boat people aboard.
On Sunday, a flimsy sailboat, carrying 206 boat people, sank off Haiti's coast. If 205 of the 206 boat people swam ashore but it was not so for one girl - she drowned.
Posted at 12:20 p.m., Friday, November 16, 2001
A prison riot in Haiti; at least three killed
Less than 24 hours after tens of thousands Haitians took to the streets of many Haitian cities, calling for the ouster of tyrant Jean-Bertrand Aristide, including members of his de facto government, from the office of the presidency, a riot, triggered by inmates' protests over the earlier death of a prisoner, at the Haitian national penitentiary, in Port-au-Prince, early Friday, led to the death of at least three prisoners.
Most of the prisoners at the Haitian national penitentiary have been there for years. Still, they are awaiting to appear before tyrant Aristide's kangaroo judges to answer trumpeted-up charges, if any, being brought against them or the reasons for their detention.
Posted at 9:57 p.m., Thursday, November 15, 2001
Dictator Aristide's days are numbered as more Haitians are taking to the streets in protest
Responding to Haiti's democratic opposition's call, better known as the Convergence Democratique, to send tyrant and the grossly incompetent, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, into permanent political retirement, perhaps, ultimately to prison for an enumerable of number of crimes committed against Haitians and others, tens of thousands Haitians took to the streets of Haiti's second-largest city of Cap-Haitian Thursday completely shut down the north-coast still colonial-type city, home to more than 100,000 inhabitants.
The second day of general protest forced schools, de facto government offices and about 80 percent of the businesses to remain closed.
"Down with Aristide thief! Down with Aristide criminal! Down with Aristide assassin! You have blood on your hands! You and your partners in crime have stolen everything. You have once against lied to us, monster. You told us that the year 2001 was going to be a year when we would be enjoying a better quality of life. Things have only changed for the better for you and your small group of criminals, including de facto Premier Jean-Marie Chesrestal - not for us. You terrorist Aristide, just look at us and you will see that we are still hungry and poor," the protesters said.
As the demonstration progressed, the protesters had a few more unpleasant words for tyrant Aristide.
"We hope that the blood of thousands of innocent victims that you have on your hands, which ultimately ends us on your face, has not caused you to be blind, preventing you from seeing the deplorable social and economic conditions in this county. We have no electricity, and you have failed to deliver even basic services, including the removal of trash in our neighborhoods. Still, you continue to purchase expensive four-wheel drive automobiles and many $1.5 million-plus mansions."
The problem of electricity in the country is so severe that many Haitians are eitheir forced to study or hang out at gas stations/convenience stores, known as petrol stations, where there seems they can only see light and seat in air conditioning rooms, at night.
The U.S.-style convenience stores, where middle class Haitians can purchase an array of food, such as pizzas, New York submarine sandwiches, Trinidatian dishes and French crepes, started blossoming in Haiti after the U.S. 1994 occupation.
The very poor Haitians are forced to study on barely illuminated public plazas.
There was a big protest in Port-au-Prince Thursday, too. There, slum dwellers, who chased a small group of pro-tyrant Aristide's demonstrators and threw rocks at them, set barricades to express their unhappiness with the dictatorial regime of Aristide, which they called Al Queda, a reference to Osama bin Laden's terrorist group.
"We want the terrorist, the thief and faker out of the presidential palace. We mean now, not tomorrow," said the protesters who also accused Aristide of receiving millions of dollars from well known drug dealers, including Colombians', and called for his arrest.
Posted at 12:21 a.m., Thursday, November 15, 2001
'Your time is up,' Haitians tell tyrant Aristide
In Port-au-Prince and many provincial cities, tracks calling for the immediate ouster of tyrant Jean-Bertrand Aristide and members of his de facto government from power could be found everywhere Wednesday.
"Aristide, you told the people that 2001 was supposed to be a year when there would be of plenty of economic opportunities for them. However, it has only been a very good year for you and your acolytes, as the recent purchase of several $1.5-plus million mansions, including close to $4 million paid to lobbyists in the United States, further suggests. Your time, including that of your so-called government," is up, the tracks said.
The potential for confrontation was clear Wednesday when thousands of angry Haitians took to the streets of Port-au-Prince shouting "Down with Aristide! Aristide is a thief! Aristide is a criminal! We must jail the thief and criminal! We must jail the terrorist!"
The protesters, as well those in many provincial cities, vow to topple dictator Aristide and his de facto government.
"We will not rest until we get rid of Aristide, who has caused the people of Haiti to experience dehumanizing poverty, among many others, Dr. Luc Messadieux, a senior member of the Convergence Democratique, a 15-party coalition, said.
In another development, the never maintained roof of a market warehouse in the capital city of Port-au-Prince collapsed Tuesday night, killing at least six street traders from the countryside who had been sleeping there.
Tyrant Aristide's Consul, Guy Laurent, who resembles a street sweeper, severely punches American musician in the eye
Imagine you were severely punched in the eye by a man. In the aftermath of so, you called the police to come to take him out of the circulation for failing to conform to the law. While you were on the telephone with a police officer, you were asked to provide a description of him so responding officers would not experience difficulties identifying the culprit before they put him in handcuffs. You told the officer on the other end of the line "Oh yes, no problem at all at identifying him. Because of his filthy dreadlocks and vestments I am pretty much convinced that he makes a living working as a street sweeper. He can also be a homeless." After the responding officers arrived at the scene of the incident they instead found out that he was a Haitian Consul in Miami. This, in fact, could be the case of Guy Laurent, a de facto Haitian Consul, at the Miami Haitian Consulate, who not long ago punched well known American musician Richard Morse in the eye, nearly causing him to loose one of his eyes.
Posted at 2:10 p.m., Tuesday, November 13, 2001
Haitians want tyrant Aristide arrested
There is a mini war going on in Haiti against rampant corruption, gross incompetence, lies, dehumanizing poverty, dictatorship of the proletariat, to name only these ones.
Tens of thousands Haitians took to the streets of many Haitian cities and towns Monday, burning used car tires and accused tyrant Jean-Bertrand Aristide and members of his de facto government of emptying the country's public coffers.
"They lied to us. They told us that 2001 was going to be a year when there would be plenty of economic opportunities for us. Look at us! We are hungry! We have no jobs! No electricity! Aristide and the other guys are thieves and criminals," the protesters who called for the arrest of Aristide and and his partners in crime said.
The many street protests came less than two weeks after more than 1,200 shacks were consumed by flames in Cite Soleil, Port-au-Prince's biggest and worse ghetto, after two well armed bandits, both members of Aristide's Lavalas Family Party, spent more than thirty minutes violently fighting each other there over control of an extortion racket in the nearby Port-au-Prince's trash-filled La Saline outdoor market.
One day after the tragic incident, thousands of Cite Soleil's residents who lost their homes took to the streets and shouted "down with Aristide."
According to an unidentified male demonstrator, who said Lavalas Police, or Aristide's Police, opened fire on demonstrators during an anti-Aristide's demonstration in the provincial city of Gonaives today, more protests, and across the country, are planned for next week.
Protesters hope to write the obituary of Aristide's extremely corrupt and dictatorial government. "It is time for a terrorist like Aristide to go," said many protesters, who also called him "Osama bin Tabare," and this in an effort to compare him to Osama Bin Laden.
Asked why is Aristide compared to Bin Laden, a woman, about 30, who declined to give her full name, said "bin Laden killed thousands of people in New York City and elsewhere, and Aristide himself burned alive thousands of people in Haiti."
|12 November 2001|
|Assassination of Journalist Jean Dominique|
Reporters Without Borders and the International Alliance for Justice for Jean Dominique express their concern that the Senate has yet to vote on lifting the parliamentary immunity of Dany Toussaint.
In a letter addressed to the President of the Senate, Yvon Neptune, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the International Alliance for Justice Jean Dominique (IAJJD) expressed their strong concern that three months after a request from the Minister of Justice the Senate has yet to take a decision on whether to lift the parliamentary immunity of Senator Dany Toussaint. The two organizations underlined that the parliamentary commission charged with examining the request only met for the first time five weeks after the transmission of the request.
The two organizations asked the President of the High Chamber "to take necessary measures so that the Senate answers the request from the instructing judge without further delay". As you yourself confirmed, "this is in the interest and for the prestige of the Senate as an institution", indeed this is why we think that the Senate cannot for a moment give the impression of hiding behind questions of procedure," wrote RSF and the IAJJD.These organizations expressed to Yvon Neptune their hope that the Senate would lift Mr. Toussaint's parliamentary immunity "quite simply to allow justice to take its course". "The refusal to lift his parliamentary immunity would represent a denial of justice and would mean that the senator would remain a suspect in this case".
According to information received by RSF, on 10 August 2001, the minister for justice, Gary Lissade sent the request of the instructing judge Claudy Gassant to the Senate asking for the removal of Senator Dany Toussaint's parliamentary immunity. Senator Toussaint is implicated in the inquiry into the assassination of Jean Dominique, director of Radio Haiti Inter and Jean-Claude Louissaint, a security guard at the radio station. In a letter dated 16 August, Yvon Neptune stated to RSF his commitment to see justice done. "This is in the interest and for the prestige of the Senate as an institution" stated the president of the Senate. However, Mr. Neptune has on several other occasions declared that the process of lifting parliamentary immunity, for which there is no precedent in Haiti, will take time. The parliamentary commission charged with examining this request only met on the 17 September, five weeks after the request was sent.
On 3 April 2000, Jean Dominique, Haiti's most renowned journalist and political analyst was killed in the courtyard of the radio station he directed, Radio Haiti Inter. Well known for his independent voice, Jean Dominique was critical of former Duvalier officials and soldiers as well as the bourgeoisie. More recently he criticized those that he suspected at the heart of Fanmi Lavalas, the party of President Jean Bertrand of seeking to "divert the movement away from its principles". In his 19 October 1999 editorial the journalist clearly laid out Mr. Toussaint's ambition. Mr. Toussaint was indicted at the end of May 2001.
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Posted at 2:36 p.m., Wednesday, November 7, 2001
Clifford Brandt, Haitian Nelson Rockefeller, died, aged 86
Clifford Brandt, a Haitian multi-millionaire, who for most of his 60 years as an entrepreneur was called the Haitian Nelson Rockefeller, meaning that he was the richest Haitian man ever, expired late last week at the age of 86.
A funeral for Mr. Brandt was said today in Port-au-Prince.
|Port-au-Prince's municipal administration is history|
The Port-au-Prince municipal administration of Lavalas and communist mayor, Marie Yves Pouponneau Duperval, which had long been accused of blatant corruption and gross incompetence, was disbanded Tuesday after tyrant Jean-Bertand Aristide signed an executive decree.
Former mayor Pouponneau, who was said to be elected in a largely fraudulent election last year, called the decision of dictator Aristide to make her troubled administration history "illegal."
All doors of the building that houses City Hall have since been sealed, meaning no services for residents of the trash-filled capital city of Port-au-Prince.
Posted at 12:15 a.m., Saturday, November 3, 2001
In Haiti, more than 1,000 shacks consumed by flames; more than six people die and an incalculable number of citizens injured
One day after a very skinny Haitian man watching a Day of the Dead ceremony in Port-au-Prince, but too hungry and weak to participate , he said, still was singing aloud "Mwen renmin Duvalier! Mwen pa vle Aristide! Mwen renmin Duvalier! Duvalier ce papa mwen! Mwen pa vle Aristide! Aristide ce vole! Aristide ce criminel" or I love Duvalier! Down with Aristide! I love Duvalier! Duvalier is my father! Down with Aristide! Aristide is a thief! Aristide is a criminal!" two well armed brothers, who controlled an extortion racket in the trash-filled open-air markets at the Port-au-Prince La Saline slum, fought for more than half an hour, nearly killing each other.
As the fight was coming to an end and both were still alive and not wounded, the bandits, who could not claim victory over each another, doused the Port-au-Prince slum of Cite Soleil with gasoline and finally hurled firebombs, causing more than 1,000 shacks to be consumed by flames. More six people perished and an incalculable number of citizens badly injured.
The winner-attacker, according to residents, would then attack notorious criminals Ronald Camille, alias Ronald Cadaver, and his brother Franco Camille, to force them to exit the extortion racket market, ultimately giving him a monopoly. Both Ronald and Franco, who cannot enumerate the number of tyrant Artistide's political opponents they have assassinated in broad daylight, are senior members of his Lavalas Family Party.
Minutes after the attack, thousands of angry residents who lost their homes took to the streets to protest what they said was tyrant Aristide's inability to address the long issue of violence in their ghetto.
"We do not want Aristide! Down with Aristide! Aristide is a thief! Aristide is himself a criminal! You're not welcome here anymore!" the protesters shouted.
Posted at 8:45 a.m., Friday, November 2, 2001
Tyrant Aristide to assassinate political opponents
If you are a political opponent of Haiti's tyrant, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, you may soon become one of his latest victims.
A list, with the name of many political opponents to be assassinated, was drawn not long ago at the Haitian national palace, we learned.
Haitians Celebrate Day of the Dead with great sadness
Haitians will end today their two-day celebration of the Day of the Dead with great sadness, and many will, hopefully, in the near future take to the streets, blaming tyrant Jean-Bertrand Aristide for their continuing dehumanizing poverty, many political analysts said today.
Too poor this year to make the requisite offerings of food, alcohol and floors to Baron Samedi, the guardian of the dead, according to voodoo or vodou rituals, on Thursday only a plate of rotten meat was left as an offering at the Port-au-Prince municipal dilapidated cemetery.
The offering was quickly consumed by a lucky young woman after she took it off a tomb.
To understand why would one visit cemeteries, hoping to find some food there to eat, one needs to know that more than three out of five Haitians suffer from malnunitrion, and Haiti is the third hungriest country in the world after Afghanistan and Somalia, said a last year published United Nations report.
Citizens don't live for a longtime in Haiti. On average, life expectancy is 53, and at birth a Haitian's chances of not living past his 40th birthday are 31.6, also said the UN report.
Posted at 1:25 a.m., Thursday, November 1, 2001
Boston's Haitian-American woman regains freedom in Haiti after husband pays U.S.$30,000 in ransom
Like many before her, the wife of a Boston's Haitian-American businessman regained her freedom in Haiti early this week after her husband, Victor Desmesmin, paid U.S.$30,000 in ransom to bandits.
The kidnappers, who first demanded U.S.$400,000 in exchange for the victim's release from captivity after they kidnapped her late last week, dropped her on a Port-au-Prince's street minutes after her husband said, but by proxy, to the criminals "Here is your cash, let me have my wife back."
No one has been or is expected to be taken out of the circulation for the latest kidnapping as well since the de facto government of Jean-Bertrand Aristide has long being believed to be behind all of the kidnappings that have taken place in the impoverished Caribbean nation of Haiti, said many Haitians.
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