Modern Living: Haiti: New Island in the Sun

PASS Haiti by. That was the advice given to the passengers on the steamer Medea in Graham Greene's novel The Comedians. Until recently, that is exactly what most potential tourists did -and for good reason. Haiti was the stronghold of the tyrannical Frangois ("Papa Doc") Duvalier. During his 14-year regime, thousands of Haitians were executed for real or imagined political opposition, and no one, including foreign tourists, could feel secure from harassment and arbitrary arrest.

Now all that seems to have changed.

Papa Doc is dead, and the title of President for Life...

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