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“Why is President Aristide so popular?” I asked in Creole after a few drinks. Junia and Henri were quiet, so quiet that I knew I was guilty of another breach of diplomatic protocol. But perhaps because I asked in Creole, one of the bartenders volunteered an answer. “Here’s what you need to understand. Papa Doc was feared but obeyed. Baby Doc was hated because he was such a gwo manje (‘big eater’). Titid stood up to him and the generals. Anyone who survives three assassination attempts, God is with him.”



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