Haiti Never, Never Again

An outpouring of relief, and an uncertain new reality

As the Caribbean sun set, an honor guard lowered the billowing red-and-black flag in front of Haiti's presidential palace in Port-au-Prince. For more than two decades that daily ritual had been private: ordinary citizens were not permitted on the street that leads to the sprawling white residence from which the Duvalier family governed Haiti. Last week the twilight flag lowering was witnessed close up for the first time by a crowd of hundreds: "Change it!" they chanted. "Change it!"

Their aim was to rid the country of the flag that Francois ("Papa Doc") Duvalier introduced in 1965 and that has since...

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