He was hailed as a savior, a messiah and a champion of the poor who would deliver Haiti from those who wish to harm her.
But Jean Bertrand Aristide went from leading a populist movement to being the first democratically elected president in Haiti to now living a life in near anonymity at his home in Tabarre, a Port-au-Prince suburb.
Friday, September 30th marked the 31st anniversary of the bloody coup d’état that sent the former Catholic priest to exile in the United States. It was a day that was celebrated not only because of Aristide’s popularity but because the world’s attention had turned toward Haiti. Eventually, it would take 20,000 U.S. soldiers to “restore democracy” in Haiti.
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