Archive: February 2006
By all accounts, Haiti had a relatively peaceful election. There were moments of chaos and lack of preparation on all sides, but the early word here is that more than 50 percent of Haitians voted. Now people are just waiting to see the results. Already the Rene Preval campaign is claiming a first round victory of over 60 percent of the vote, enough to win outright without a runoff.
Thousands of people took to the streets of Port-au-Prince early Tuesday, some to vote and others to protest that they couldn't. Many polling stations opened hours late and others were without the proper paperwork. Some ballot registrations were sent to precincts miles away. The largest show of frustration came in Preval's stronghold of Cite Soleil, where the election commission had barred polling stations. By late Tuesday, U.N. troops were able to restore order and election officials extended polling hours to allow everyone to vote. >>Full Story: After Chaotic Start in Haiti, Election Lurches Forward
Haiti is an amazing place in that it never fails to surprise even the most hardened observers, not to mention the Haitians themselves. The election that has been postponed so many times over recent months is finally taking place today. And everyone has a theory about what will happen afterward and what it all means. There are so many theories, in fact, that it becomes apparent that no one really knows.
Tomorrow, Haitians will vote to establish a new presidency and parliament. The new president will be in office from 2006 to 2011. The hope on the street is that this president will be able to serve his full term, something not always guaranteed in Haiti.
Susan Scott Krabacher, a former Playboy model, founded the orphanage in 1995. Returning to her religious roots, she left her life at the Playboy mansion to establish a group that now cares for thousands of Haitian children.
Maladies that strike the children here are similar to those plaguing strife-ridden Darfur, Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The main difference is that Haiti is not officially at war. Less than four hours by plane from New York and even closer to Miami, this country's next generation is in serious danger of not growing up.
The Gingerbread House stands on a crowded street, a towering, mustard-colored structure that housed U.S. troops during the military intervention of 1994. Today, Doctors without Borders (MSF) runs the space as a rehabilitation clinic in Port-au-Prince.
A girl on a street in Cite Soleil, a slum just outside Port-au-Prince. >>More Photos (Ron Haviv / VII for washingtonpost.com) Cite Soleil has long been a poster child for the poorest of the poor. It is a slum...