The Haiti Sun
Reporting a people's struggle for survival

It has been said that in order to face the future we must first understand the past. My weekly newspaper, the Haiti Sun, was my small effort to help enhance the future of a nation with an extraordinary past and, when I first arrived, what seemed like a great potential. In the process I grew to love the Haitian people and their western most part of Hispaniola, the second-largest Caribbean island.
Those early years of my sojourn in Haiti were a magical time. Every Haitians, it seemed was a poet or painter. My peasant neighbors at Freres, then a rural, hilly, corn-growing community, where I lived before I went to prison under Papa Doc Duvalier, had wonderful Roman names such as Mercius, Alcius and Brisius.

In 1956, under the once-popular Gen. Paul E. Magloire, things began going down hill. In a country in which leaders were too often self-proclaimed and all-powerful the people again became secondary, like the imported second-hand clothing and shoes they wore. Political parties were created only as vehicles for the brief ride to the National Palace. By 1957 it was pitiful to watch politicians believing only in themselves tear the country asunder leading it into bankruptcy, civil war and anarchy. This produced one of the strangest and most fearful dictatorships, the reign of Dr. Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier. more

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