Haiti Stories

After several hours in the Red Cross building, IC left the docks with his family. The dockside gate was guarded by armed military officials who asked the repatriates for their addresses. IC gave his correct name but inaccurate address to one of these men.

IC's wife decided to remain to Port-au-Prince with the child. IC himself took a bus to Petit-Goave with the $10 provided by his wife. The bus was stopped at Carrefour, where a military checkpoint was systematically searching all vehicles. Three soldiers approached the bus. One ordered the driver and two passengers on the front seat out of the van. Another entered the bus while the third blocked the bus door.

The soldier on the bus was recognized by IC as having been implicated in the murder of a young teen-ager in Petit-Goave. This soldier asked for those who had been returned to Haiti by boat. The passengers remained silent. In response, the soldier put a gun to the head of one of the passengers and demanded that he point out all the passengers who had boarded the bus at the dock. The threatened passenger pointed toward a group of passengers in one area of the bus. The soldier then beat these passengers with his rifle butt, while his colleague continued to block the bus exit.

The soldier once again put his weapon to the passenger's head and demanded that he single out those who had come from the docks. The passenger then identified individuals. The soldier handcuffed these people, forced them off the bus, and ordered them into a military truck. IC believes there were at least 20 people in the group taken off the bus. IC identifies all of these passengers as members of the group repatriated with him. IC describes that a woman, Marie [illegible], whom he knew from Petit-Goave and who had been repatriated with him was part of the group pulled off the bus. She was ordered off the bus along with her husband and child.

IC was permitted to remain on the bus because the bus driver, also from Petit-Goave, told the soldier that IC was his assistant. IC explains that the soldier had no reason to disbelieve the driver's assertion because IC was poorly clad. IC uncertain of fate of detainees since bus was ordered to move prior to departure of military truck.

When IC finally arrived in Petit-Goave, his mother told him that soldiers had come looking for him and urged him to hide. IC took a boat to La Gonave that night. He hid in La Gonave until he left Haiti for a second time on 9 January 92.

IC: Dorvin, Anthony
DOB: 1 Jan 59
POB: Leogane
POR: Petit-Goave

IC was a pro-Aristide campaign organizer ("mandateur") who organized the distribution of campaign material. During elections, IC monitored voting, working out of the local electoral office. IC also made several media appearances as a political spokesman. While interrogating those who distributed campaign materials in Petit-Goave, the local police found out that IC was the source of materials.

IC was informed by friends that the police were searching for him and went into hiding on 3 October 91. IC left his home with his common-law wife, Jean Saintamene. IC and his wife then took a boat to La Gonave, where they hid in the brush, until they were able to leave Haiti by boat on 13 November 91. They were interdicted by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) cutter #119 on 14 November. IC states that he had an INS cutter interview which lasted 3-4 minutes. IC asserts that he did not have adequate opportunity to describe his political activism and his fear of persecution. IC describes that of the 245 persons interdicted, 16 were screened in to remain in U.S. custody while the remaining 229 were returned to Haiti. IC states that he and his wife were repatriated on a USCG cutter which arrived in Port-au-Prince during the afternoon of 18 November 91.

IC describes that the repatriates were met by soldiers and armed civilians as they were disembarked. The soldiers organized the repatriates into two lines and escorted them to the Red Cross facility. Inside the Red Cross building, IC was approached by American journalists who asked him, among other questions, whether he intended to leave Haiti again by boat. IC avoided the questions as he feared repercussions by the soldiers inside and around the building. Haitian officials in the Red Cross building then asked IC for his name, address and DOB; IC was given $10.

IC left the Red Cross facility at approximately 7:00 p.m. accompanied by his wife. Soldiers still surrounded the facility exit. IC and his wife tried but failed to find a bus to Petit-Goave. IC then called a taxi so they could go spend the night at his aunt's house, located at Fontainemara 35, in the Carrefour district. As IC and his wife entered the taxi, IC saw three policemen get into a Datsun behind the taxi. The Datsun followed the taxi, keeping a short distance behind.

When the taxi stopped at IC's destination, Fontainemara 35, the Datsun stopped behind the taxi. As IC's wife was getting out of the taxi and IC was paying its driver, the policemen ran out of the Datsun and captured IC's wife. IC began to run and one of the policemen followed him. IC jumped his aunt's yard and then ran into her house. The policeman did not follow IC inside the house. IC spent the night with his aunt. IC has heard no news about the fate of his wife since her abduction.

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