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Residents of Port-au-Prince make their way to the downtown market by foot. Residents of the Port-au-Prince slum Cite Soleil make their way to the downtown market by foot due to an oil embargo, Oct. 26, 1993 (AP photo by Michael Stravato).

Haiti’s Crisis Is Familiar. Its History, Less So

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

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During my first reporting trip to Haiti, in January 1988, on my very first day in the country, I rode 50 miles from the capital, Port-au-Prince, to St. Marc, a coastal city to the north, to write about the atmosphere in the provinces on the eve of national elections. ...

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