Monday, September 3, 2007

Another Haiti Story

So, now that we've liberated them from the criminality of Aristide, how are Haitians doing now?

On Wednesday 2 May, a 25-foot sloop set out from the northern Haitian city of Cap-Haïtien, headed for the neighbouring Turks and Caicos Islands. US and UK officials estimate that it was
crammed with around 160 people. These were people who had finally decided to abandon the certainty of crippling destitution at home in exchange for a one-in-a-million shot at a precarious low-wage job abroad.


Around four in the morning of Friday 4 May, the Cap-Haïtien sloop was intercepted by the T&C Islands’ police launch Sea Quest, about half a mile south of Providenciales Island. What happened next is the subject of some controversy. A reporter from the Associated Press spoke to half a dozen of the survivors, finding that ‘they all gave the same story’. The survivors say that the T&C launch rammed the boat, and then tried to tow it further out to sea.

There's more. All very depressing and sickening.

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