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Photo Essay : Prayers of Hope in Haiti Crisis

October 04, 1994

The story is in the faces.

Simmering, often boiling, violence has marked the streets and countryside of Haiti since American troops came ashore to secure the Sept. 18 agreement to return President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to power. These are times of change, dangerous times, in the Caribbean country. The anxiety, hope and fear are stark in the portraits of transition caught by Times photographer Carolyn Cole on assignment in Port-au-Prince.

A moment of prayer, a dulled stare, the frenzy of the streets, a sleeping boy--all images of a city and country caught up in strife and peril.

On Monday, the scene was crowds of Haitians chanting "We Love You," as American soldiers raided the headquarters of a fearsome militia. Soon it may be larger crowds hailing the return of Aristide from his forced exile in the United States.

For the Haitians, these tumultuous times are borne with the hope of a better future. It's evident in the faces.

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