Francois & Jean-Claude Duvalier

By: David Johnson


How did Francois and Jean-Claude Duvalier Disrupt the peace of Haiti and how did they rule the country as "President for Life".

Francois & Jean-Claude Duvalier: Background

Francois Duvalier was elected as the president of Haiti in 1957 through his black nationalist platform, He then quickly changed and he started to control the country through his personal militia that ruled the country through fear. Francois also then announced that he would never step down as president and he would be "president for life". Through his reign he had over 30,000 Haitians killed and would have continued if it wasn't for his death in 1971. His son Jean-Claude Duvalier, commonly referred to as "baby doc" took the role of president for life at the age of 19. Jean-Claude continued to live a lavish lifestyle while he was involved with the drug trade and while Hatian citizens were fleeing the country or living in poverty. Jean-Claude was forced to flee Haiti in 1986 with his wife and go to france because he felt he was in danger from an uprising that would come. He surprisingly made a return to Haiti in 2011.

Who Were They

Letter About Francois Duvalier

Francois is not a man to be trusted. The man will win you over with his charismatic behavior and like-ability. Do not be fooled this is all part of his cult of personality that he uses to control the country of Haiti with. He is a ruthless man who will try to eradicate sickness from the island by what ever means he sees fit and will not be deterred from mass murdering entire villages with his secret militia that has no rules.

Where is Jean-Claude Duvalier Today

Jean-Claude Duvalier former Haitian dictator set for trial

Video Analysis

On Jean-Claude's return to Haiti in 2011 he was slapped with crimes against humanity charges from the time of his rule when his secret militia would carry out his dirty work. He failed to appear at a court hearing and was forced to be escorted to court. The outcome of his sentencing has yet to be released at this time.