Haiti's exiled former president offers to return
Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, deposed and exiled in a 2004 coup, offered today to return to Haiti, saying he could not wait to go home and rebuild his country after Tuesday's devastating earthquake.
In a rare public statement, he said he felt a profound need to go to try to save the lives of victims awaiting rescue.
Aristide said supporters around the world had promised a plane to fly him in, with emergency relief. Yet he offered no details on how he planned to return. His choice of venue -- a hotel at Johannesburg's international airport, was symbolic of his will to return, Aristide said.
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-- Robyn Dixon in Johannesburg
Photo: Exiled former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and his wife, Mildred, read a statement of support for the people of Haiti. Credit: EPA
Audio slide show: Desperation in Port-au-Prince (graphic content)