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Airlift Aristide: A Flight to Exile

Stranded in Africa, Haiti’s Ousted Leader Inspires Friends to Dash to His Rescue. Descending through the clouds from 45,000 feet over the Ubangi River, it was a bit late to be raising concerns about the danger ahead of us en route to pick up ousted Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide. But some of the participants in the mission, whose convivial laughter had been contagious as we flew 6,638 miles through the night from Miami to the heart of Africa, were now talking about bad omens, mosquitoes and the possibility that we could be imprisoned or worse. “We cannot discount the danger that we could be killed,” said one of the members of the delegation on the way to fetch Aristide from what appeared to be palace arrest. “That’s why we decided to have along journalists as insurance.” Full Story

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