Via Dying in Haiti, Dr. John Carroll posts about Haiti--The Aftershocks of History. This is the introduction:
Last month this little man was my patient in a pathetic cholera tent in Robillard, Haiti.
Like most elderly Haitians when I asked him his age he could not give a definite answer. He did say that he was born during the United States Occupation of Haiti. So that means he was born somewhere between 1915--1934. So he is between 77 and 96 years old. My guess is that he is 93 years old, give or take a couple of years.
He was never married and has no children. He lives in a little ti kay in Robillard and is assisted as necessary by an elderly niece.
He was a farmer most of his life. And he sold livestock and produce.
When he was admitted to the tent, he was quite ill--dehydrated with vomiting and diarrhea. He was very weak and spent most of his day on the wooden cot with his niece attending to him. He would look around, but that is about all he did.
So we tanked him up with IV fluids and held our breath. Cholera is hard on old people.
As they days went by, he became stronger and began to stand at his cot side. And even though he was very hard of hearing, he wanted to be heard. So he would give little speeches in the tent to the amusement of the other cholera patients and families.
One day I asked him what he thought of the Americans occupying his country many decades ago. He said it was good because "if it weren't for Americans, we (Haitians) would not have clothes on our backs".
His philosophy is somewhat different than the article below which describes Haiti's painful history.
(We discharged this man from the tent after his vomiting and diarrhea stopped and he was eating and drinking. He left the tent with his little tree-branch-cane, happily talking, with his niece at his side.)