Aristide In Haiti

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MOUNTAINS BEYOND MOUNTAINS ONLINE NOTES CHAPTER 11 Summary In December 1988, Farmer returned to Cange in a wheelchair, and while his leg mended, he launched his study to improve TB treatment in the central plateau. Meanwhile, big events were happening in the country. Several un-elected governments attempted to take power, but invariably the country was under the control of the military. As a result, a great popular movement seemed to be gaining momentum. The peasants and the people in the slums had embraced what they called dechoukaj, which meant the uprooting of every visible symbol of the Duvalier family and the tontons macoutes. There was violence on all sides, but the Haitian military was particularly brutal. Catholic churches…show more content…
It wouldn’t happen without a fight. Because the military had the country tightly controlled. Farmer himself was threatened by unknown voices over the phone. When there was an audible clicking sound with each call, he climbed the roof and discovered a crude bugging device and happily kicked it to pieces. He hadn’t played a visible role in the politics of Haiti so he could only assume he was being targeted because he had been seen with Aristide. Once, Aristide had shown up at Zanmi Lasante with a truckload of flour for his orphanage. His truck wouldn’t start, so they had loaded the flour into one of the clinic trucks which then broke down in a large puddle in the road. With the thought of the horror of the roads in Haiti on his mind, he said to Aristide, “In the newspapers, it says you’re going to be a candidate for president. I guess they don’t know you very well, because you would never run for president.” Aristide was noncommittal, but a week later, he declared his candidacy. It angered Paul at first, but then he realized that Aristide was the man the people wanted and he thought, “Perhaps this is a singular chance to change…show more content…
Farmer had seen a lot in Haiti, but this case impacted him more deeply than anything he had ever seen there. The man, whom Farmer called Chouchou Louis to protect his family, had made a disparaging remark about the road of the country. Unbeknownst to him, inside the truck he was riding was a soldier dressed in plain clothes. At the next checkpoint, he was taken inside an official building and beaten severely. They let him go, but his name was added to their blacklist. Eventually, he came out of hiding and sneaked back home. He was met by a local section chief and an attaché. They beat him again and what was left of him absolutely appalled Farmer. Paul recorded all his wounds and eventually wrote a report called “A Death in Haiti” for Amnesty International. After the man died, Farmer took a different way back to the clinic out of fear for his own life. Later, Paul told some of his students that he took pains not to remember Chouchou even though he described his death several times in print. He told Tracy Kidder that to him, “He died in the

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