A human rights disaster in Haiti and how Canada was implicated.
The coup d'état against Jean-Bertrand Aristide ushered in one of the most devastating human rights disasters in the world: 8,000 murders and 35,000 sexual assaults in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince alone.
Montreal-based photographer Darren Ell began exploring the consequences of this crisis in 2006 and continues his work to this day, motivated by a concern that Canadians are not seeing the increasing Americanization of Canadian foreign and domestic policy.
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Haitian sweatshop owner Andy Apaid was a key anti-Aristide organizer and has been linked to coup forces in Haiti. In the 2006 presidential elections, he organized a group of wealthy Haitian elites to run for president to try to dilute the popularity of Aristide¿s ally, René Préval. Apaid's numerous candidates managed to win a small minority of votes. Despite the repression against the Fanmi Lavalas movement following the overthrow of Aristide, Haitians turned out in massive numbers to vote for Préval, the candidate most closely allied to Fanmi Lavalas.