Le Prix du Sang Editions Antillia --Centre Oecumenique des Droits Humains, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Dans un pays domin é par l'oralité où le passé récent se transforme en secret d'Etat, il n'est pas facile de faire le récit de ce qui s'est passé dans ces 47 dernières années. La mémoire, pour de multiples raisons, est chargée d'occulter et d'oublier. L'insolente impunité empêche aux bouches de s'ouvrir et aux langues de se délier. Comme l'a bien dit Elie Wiesel, prix Nobel de la Paix : <<Le bourreau frappe toujours deux fois, la seconde par le silence des victimes>> (Préface de Jean-Claude Bajeux)

(In this book, Bernard Diederich's investigative journalism reveals the little-known facts, distorted at the time by propaganda or cloaked by palace secrecy; of the terrible price Haitians paid in trying to overthrow the dictatorship of Dr. Francois (Papa Doc) Duvalier (1957-1971). Women and even children paid with their lives because Duvalier believed their relatives to be involved in plots against him. Diederich, who knew Duvalier and interviewed him many times before Diederich himself was arrested, jailed in the dictator's solitary confinement cells in the ancient Penitentiary National, and expelled from Haiti, writes that there were actually two distinct Papa Docs and explains why. Francois Duvalier was both Haiti 's symbol of evil and perverse role model--whose legacy was the barbarism that still afflicts the Caribbean country today.)

Le Prix du Sang, The Price of Blood
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