Haiti: To Have and To Have Not

While the poor suffer under the embargo, Haiti is a land of opportunity for those without scruples

For months, U.S. Ambassador William Swing had been hearing reports of how smugglers operating across Lake Saumatre from the Dominican Republic were flouting the United Nations fuel embargo against Haiti. Last Wednesday morning, Swing finally saw for himself. About an hour's drive from his elegant residence above Port-au-Prince, he stepped out of his armored car and trained his binoculars on a flotilla of wooden boats laden with large blue drums of petroleum. "It looks like a staging area for some of the contraband coming across," said the ambassador, an observation that has long been obvious to Haitians.

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