1995 Photo Contest, Spot News, 1st prize

Carol Guzy

The Washington Post

01 January, 1994

July - October. Shielded by bulletproof glass, elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide releases a peace dove to mark his return to office. When the failure of the economic embargo designed to force the military leaders of the western hemisphere's poorest nation from power had become undeniable, the US mobilized its military might to chase off General Cédras' dictatorial regime. Although greeted with enthusiasm by some, the arrival of American troops also triggered widespread pillaging. At first the US troops' orders turned them into mere witnesses, but at a later stage they intervened in shootings and attempted lynchings.

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Carol Guzy

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