HAITI: Valley of Hope

Atop a flag-decked stand at Canneau one day last week, President Paul Magloire cocked his aluminum safety helmet at a rakish angle and pushed a plunger to explode 50 lbs. of dynamite, the first blast in the construction of Haiti's $21 million Little TVA in the Artibonite Valley (TIME, Jan. 12).* A small boy in the crowd of 2,000, expecting something downright atomic, heard the muffled whoom and muttered, "Pas bon [no good]."

In the island valley are 106,000 peasants, many of whom must still be convinced that President Magloire's favorite project is bon. Within...

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