Jan 24, 2011
On January 16th, Jean-Claude Duvalier, alias “Baby Doc,” returned to Haiti after 25 years in exile. No Haitian has forgotten how he took over after his father, the sinister François Duvalier, called “Papa Doc,” and continued his dictatorial regime for 15 years. He kept himself in power through the brutality and crimes of his father’s old militia, the Tontons Macoutes. A 1986 popular uprising finally drove Baby Doc from power and out of the country.
When he arrived back in the country, Baby Doc dared to say that he knew the “people were suffering.” He certainly didn’t suffer during his years of exile on the French Riviera, living in a luxury hotel and a sumptuous villa. This wealth was due to the estimated 100 million dollars the Duvaliers stole from the Haitian people!
France offered a warm reception. And the U.S. helped keep him living there in style. Even though he bled Haiti dry, no one asks him to explain where he got all those millions he spent.
No one except the Haitian people.