Elusive Dreams in Exile

Carnival, the pre-Lent celebration of food, music and merrymaking, came two days early to Miami's Little Haiti this year. After Haitian President-for-Life Jean-Claude Duvalier boarded a plane for France last week, hundreds of Haitian immigrants, some still dressed in their pajamas, streamed into the streets to cheer the youthful dictator's fall. Pedestrians danced and sang, and car drivers happily honked their horns as swelling numbers of Miami's 60,000 Haitians joined the revelry.

Their delight in Baby Doc's ouster was obvious. But were they happy enough to want to return to Haiti? In Miami and New York City, which have the largest...

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