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Haiti has long struggled to overcome poverty, violence and political instability, descending deeper into turmoil after the fall of president Jean-Bertrand Aristide in February 2004. Since then, the country has remained in limbo, led by an interim government as violence and political controversy mount.

On Feb. 7, Haitians are expected to vote in the first presidential elections since Aristide's ouster. The elections have been postponed four times in recent months in the wake of political chaos.

Award-winning photojournalist Ron Haviv is on the ground in Port-au-Prince to document the struggle for a stable, democratic Haiti.

Haviv, a co-founder of the independent photo agency VII, has photographed conflict and humanitarian crisis in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Russia and the Balkans. His work has appeared in various publications, including Vanity Fair, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, Fortune, Stern and Paris Match. He has also published two collections of his photography, Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal and Afghanistan: On the Road to Kabul.

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I don't understand how Aristide was able to buy human right groups around the world.

These same groups closed their eyes on the rape of children, elderly women by Aristide’s thugs “chimeres”. This is a sad day for the world.

Now they are focusing on Aristide's version of the situation in Haiti.

Uhm no wonder why! The power of money in the International orgs:
UN, OAS ………….

.Iraq food for oil
.Haiti and so on

Pres. Bush is right the UN and many other international orgs need a fundamental reform.

Posted by: Gregory Calixte | February 3, 2006 03:19 PM

> The Haitian people home and abroad needs to start looking out for these poor Haitians Kids, first and foremost, those UN organizations can only do so much!!


Posted by: S Francois | February 4, 2006 07:50 PM

I doubt that this first round of elections will bring peace and stability to Haiti. I am hoping and praying that there will not be a second round in March. I hope and pray that someone will win with a majority of votes. That way, the stabilization of the nation will begin in earnest. I want to go back home, and that decision depends on what takes palce in Haiti in the next two months. I hope there is a clear winner, and all the opposing groups will begin to unite and establish the beginning of democracy in Haiti.

Posted by: Senecharles | February 6, 2006 11:52 AM

I think Aristide should had finished his term. I see no benefit in removing him. As a principle, elected official should not be removed from office by any means other thru the electoral process. Hence, the involvement of the international community if facilitating Aristide's departure is detrimental to the democratic process and a dis-service to Haiti.

Posted by: Silver Spring | February 6, 2006 01:27 PM

It is possible, even this early on election day, to see how the process is being manipulated. While Preval will have the most votes, the margin will be slimmer than it might otherwise be, because the voters of Cite Soleil (and other strongholds, no doubt)are disenfranchised. The small margin will serve to cast doubt on the legitimacy of Preval's victory. The thugs - Haitian and North American - who thrive on this instability will have their way again. How little has changed!

Posted by: Ti Chen | February 7, 2006 01:35 PM

Where does Mr Haviv but his hats?

Posted by: jerzy | February 9, 2006 09:01 AM

Is Ron Haviv married?

Posted by: Bertha Schmidt | February 9, 2006 09:03 AM

As I feared, it appears that there may not be a clear winner. That means there may be a second round of voting. IF that is in fact what happens, I predict that Haiti will experience chaos as was never before witnessed. This country will descend into the bowels of Hell and only Satan and the Haitian Bourgeoisie will rejoice. These two entities will be the only ones that prosper despite the obvious suffering of the majority. May God Be with Haiti!

Posted by: Franklin Senecharles | February 11, 2006 06:32 PM

What an excellent job with the photography. Wish I could have been there shooting too, but your work is inspiration.

Posted by: Noelle Theard | February 12, 2006 12:19 AM

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