Haiti: Hostage to Violence

In the wake of the Gonaives massacre, Washington veers toward tougher sanctions against the junta

Somewhere in northern Haiti: a lone human-rights worker sifts through a stack of Polaroid pictures. Photos of men beaten so badly that chunks of flesh are missing from their buttocks. Pregnant women with deep bruises on their bellies. Young girls gone vacant-eyed after rape. The pictures, the man says, are proof of brutal government repression in Haiti, in this case the coastal city of Gonaives, against supporters of Father Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the President ousted in a 1991 military coup.

Horrific as the pictures are, observers for the U.N. and the Organization of American States returned from Gonaives last week with even...

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