Monday, January 17, 2011

So, So Strange... Such Is Haiti

So we heard last night that Jean-Claude Duvalier, otherwise known as Baby Doc, has returned to Haiti.  Nobody knows why exactly, but it is sure to muddy the waters in an already stressed political environment.  There are reports that other former presidents will be returning as well, specifically Jean-Bertrand Aristede.  Who knows if these reports are true.  Stranger things have happened.  If true, what is the purpose?  I just can't imagine that this could be to help Haiti and isn't just more of the same self-serving attitude of the past. 

For those who don't know, BabyDoc was president of Haiti for 15 years before fleeing Haiti in 1986 after major unrest.  He has lived in exile in France since that time.  He was a torturous leader.  There's tons of information out there so do some research about the former president/dictator.  Here's a recently written article from the AP that gives some info and some Haitian response... 

What's crazy to me is the excitement of so many in Haiti at the return of Baby Doc.  It seems as though they don't remember his horrific reign over them.  Of course so many in Haiti are too young to really remember.  About 50% are too young.  A quote from the above article, I think, really nailed the mindset of most Haitians.

"It's like you're in the middle of the sea, and you don't know how to swim.  Anything you see, you grab, to survive.  Even if you don't know what it is."

So sad, but I can kind of understand that rationale.  Haitians do not lack intelligence, they are desperate.

Selfishly, my mind heads straight to adoption and what all of this political unrest means for all adoptions, but especially for Presidential dispensations, as we have to have one to get our little girl home.  A Presidential dispensation is basically having the president of Haiti sign off on our adoption because we have biological children.  And we're not the only ones.  There are many kids, sweet girls we know well, wanting to be home with their families that are waiting for the same thing.  It's all crazy but we still have to have it.

Just be praying.  Haiti cannot be saved by man alone.

 "It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man."  Psalm 118:8  


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