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Edwidge Danticat

People aren't really aware of what's happening in other places.

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I think daily that the country's future is being thrown to the wind.

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People who want alternative information have to try so hard to find it.

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To start with, for example this year, 2004, is the bicentennial of Haitian independence.

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And the fact that Haiti was occupied for 19 years by the United States, from 1915 to 1934.

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In Haiti you had the Duvaliers for 29 years and they were very well supported by the United States.

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Someone has said that nations have interests, they don't have friends, and you see that over and over in U.S. policy.

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People think that there is a country there that these people are only around when they are on CNN. I don't think that's limited to Haiti.

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Or even the state of Florida, where they are prepared to execute children. Umm, well, you hope that at least that there is something there to be claimed.

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There is a frustration too, that at moments when there's not a coup, when there are not people in the streets, that the country disappears from people's consciousness.

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