The conflict may be thousands of miles away, but Dr. Julien Lafontant
of Omaha is watching closely."It's a country I love very much."Lafontant, a French and Black Studies professor at UNO for more than 20 years, was born and raised in Haiti.
Although the country has a history of uprisings, he
didn't believe that would happen under Aristide."At the very beginning many Haitians thought Aristide would be a very, very good president.We would have democracy, we would have everything.I was in favor of Aristide at the very beginning."But Lafontant says Aristide ruled more like a dictator and a rebel force, the Chimeres, would do anything for him, including torture and kill his people.
"With Aristide things were really bad."With Aristide gone, Lafontant hopes for a new beginning.He says that will only happen under a president who cares about the masses and knows how to control them.
"So if there is no control at all, I would call it a civil war.Haiti will be in blood, I am sure of that."
As the conflict unfolds, Lafontant
will hang on to hope, the only thing he
can do for the country he
calls home."I have to have hope because the country cannot just die like that."Lafontant
has distant relatives as well as friends still in Haiti.He
talked to some of them Sunday morning and they're okay.