Baby Doc's return viewed from inside 'Haiti's Auschwitz'





Victims of Baby Doc's brutal regime are warily watching his moves after the former ruler returned to Haiti last week, writes Jacqui Goddard in Port au Prince.

It was known to some as Haiti's Auschwitz, a death camp where innocent hordes met with horror at the hands of a regime determined to cleanse the country of political dissenters and democratic thinkers.

Hidden inside a slum, whose dirt-poor residents now face their own daily battles for survival, crumbled walls and concrete slabs are all that remain of Fort Dimanche, where tens of thousands were tortured and killed under the successive dictatorships of Francois Duvalier and his son Jean-Claude, from 1957 to 1986.

The stories of what happened at this notorious prison are extreme - beatings and savage abuse, blood running through cells, corpses hauled into mass graves....



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