Against All Odds

Calm weather and abject despair drive Haitians back into the sea

WHEN THEY SET OUT IN THEIR FRAIL BOATS, MOST know they will never reach the U.S. mainland. Yet Haiti's poor are so desperate to escape their country's turmoil that a record 10,514 have left the island so far in May, including 1,635 in one day alone last week. With the refugee camps at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba reportedly full and no plans for an expansion in the works, the Coast Guard began limiting its rescue efforts to refugees in "imminent danger" of sinking or starving during the 600-mile voyage through the northern Caribbean to Florida. Others were urged to return home...

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