On June 28, 1994, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, President of the Republic of
Haiti, spoke at a National Press Club luncheon. President Aristide
described the current situation of his country and set several objectives
for the future, urging the world to help Haiti move "from misery to
poverty with dignity." With the restoration of democracy, Aristide said,
improvements in living standards, agricultural productivity, and
technology will follow and Haitians will no longer risk their lives to
become refugees. He suggested that journalists can make a difference in
bringing the needed changes to Haiti.
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