Baby Doc

Upon Duvalier’s return to Haiti, Sr. Danielle at lunch was saying how she felt sorry for him. I thought how the heck can she feel sorry for him-the man who stole millions from his own country, he killed thousands, he left his country in rambles.

She said because it must be hard to see his country again so deteriorated. When he was “President” (my quotes not hers), flowers were everywhere, there was water in the rivers. It was a beautiful countragain so deteriorated. It was a beautiful country. I asked her how she could feel sorry for a man who has stolen so much from his people. She said he didn’t know any better. He learned from his father and wasn’t taught right from wrong. He lived a life of luxury and didn’t understand suffering or poverty. But she said, Aristide, he knew better. He lived with the poor, he understood suffering. He had a well formed conscious. That she said, I don’t understand. But I don’t judge either man, that is for God to decide.


About biffy317

This blog is about my year in Haiti. I came here not speaking the language, not having a clear idea of what I will be doing to a small, impoverished country in the middle of a crisis. Haitians have A LOT of sayings and one of them is Piti gren fe gro pie bwa, which means a little seed makes a big tree. I hope that my time here will be fruitful and also to participate and observe as Haiti grows and flourishes as well. Seeds need a lot of time, a good foundation, and help from others to grow.
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