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Reality Check (12-13)
with Riem Higazi
On the eve of Haiti's Bicentennial, civic strikes and mass protests are threatening to ruin the festivities. The first ever black republic and the first country in the western hemisphere to abolish slavery is now a tropical paradise listed as one of the poorest nations in the world. Haitians should be taking pride in their 200 years of independence but instead, they're taking to the streets in the hopes of toppling President Jean-Bertrand Aristide from his President's pulpit. With mass illiteracy, an average life-span of fifty, and an increasingly rampant AIDS epidemic, where is Haiti heading in the next two hundred years?