Hope and Hope Only

Hope and Hope Only


“Sympathy is no substitute for action.”

                                                              David Livingston


The return of Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier and the open arms he came to shows how desperate the people of Haiti are for any change in anything. They have not been able to have elections and 90 per cent of the rubbish form the January 12, 2010 earthquake has not been moved. They are not seeing any sign of change coming soon.


It is hard for them to understand the slow progress of the many missionaries and the government not being able to make things happen with all the millions they hear about in aid that has been given to the country for relief. Now, they are ready for anything, Jean-Bertrand Aristide can’t be far behind.


Now new elections with not only the three that should be two would be presidents, Rene Preval will not step aside as the OAS (Organization of American States) as asked. The run off of January 16th 2011 did not happen, making the timing of Baby Doc’s arrival more suspicious or distrustful. Baby Doc said to Radio Caraites that he came only to help with reconstruction, “I’m here for the reconstruction of Haiti.” And he said “I’m not here for politics.”


If he is arrested him and many plan to file charges it can cause riots, if you let him come and go without any trouble you give rise to greater problems as old battles lines are redrawn.


I was troubled in my last visit to Haiti in November by road blocks, this was common when I started my work there six years ago but it had not been the case in the last four years or so. My December trip was stopped by the closing of the airport December 13th.

I am only hopeful that I can make my January 24th trip and that is all I have Hope and that is all the common person of Haiti has is Hope.