This afternoon Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier was detained by Haitian authories, formally charged with theft and corruption, and, as of a few minutes ago, allowed to return to his hotel here in Petion-ville. He must remain at the disposal of prosecutors for further questioning. Baby Doc has a press conference scheduled for tomorrow afternoon at 2pm EST.
Though I’m not the story by any means, this newest turn of events affected me only inasfar as UN helicopters droned over-head for much of the day, and by mid-afternoon tires began burning, the stench of which I find nauseating. If you’ve never been up wind of burning rubber, I suggest you stay away at all costs. Eyes will water, heads will ache–blindingly so for some, me included.
Frankly, I feel whirl-winded and whip-lashed by the day’s developments–unable really to make sense of this place, this Port-au-Prince I now call home.