A Letter From the Publisher: Dec. 14, 1987

"He was shooting at me. A soldier, his face hidden in the shadow of his helmet, raised an automatic rifle and fired. His bullets were hitting everywhere, and the fragments of glass and pavement were bouncing off my body. I have never been so aware of anything as I was at that moment."

Jean-Bernard Diederich, a photographer working on this week's World story about Haiti's tragic attempt at free elections, had arrived only a few minutes earlier at L'Ecole Nationale Argentine Bellegarde, a Port-au-Prince elementary ) school. What he saw was a polling place turned into a killing ground. Bodies lay...