Holidaying in Haiti: Earthquakes, Coups and Dancing With Dictators – Vocativ

President Francois DuvalierWisconsin natives Ray Perry, 83, and wife Janice Perry (married 58 years) first toured Haiti in 1967, a decade after François “Papa Doc” Duvalier took power as one of the country’s most ruthless dictators. Duvalier would go on to preside over the killing of an estimated 30,000 Haitians during his 14 years in power, but he was just getting started when the Perrys arrived.Why would anyone travel to Haiti just as this madman was taking the reins? “The travel agent said it was cheap, and then we found out why: We were the only eight people on the airplane,” recalls Ray Perry. “I asked the stewardess why. She said, ‘They had a revolution here.’ I didn’t know that.”After they landed in Port-au-Prince on their Pan American 707 flight from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Perry says two of their rental cars broke down before the third finally brought him and his wife safely to their hotel in the mountains above Port-au-Prince. via Vocativ.com


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