Harkening back to dark days in Haiti: The president of Haiti—a country with no external threats, a history of military repression, and an abundance of more pressing problems—is rebuilding the once-banished Haitian military

by Nathalie Baptiste

This article is a joint publication of Foreign Policy In Focus and TheNation.com.

On October 16, 1993, Alerte Belance was abducted from her home and taken to Titanyen, a small seaside village used by Haiti’s rulers as a mass grave for political opponents. There she received machete chops to her face, neck, and extremities.