TASTE OF SALT Essay

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TASTE OF SALT



This story takes place in the slums of Haiti. In a hospital bed, lays Djo, beaten and
hardly alive. Djo is an innocent victim of a political firebombing. The Macoutes, or the
bad guys, pour gasoline in and on the camps of the followers of Aristide. They rob and
slaughter the members of the camps. He is also a vital member of Father Jean Bertrand
Aristide’s. Father Aristide, or as the local Haitians call him, Titid, sends Jeremie to
Djo. She has a tape recorder with her. Jeremie is there to listen and to tape Djo’s story
as from a little child to present date. Djo tells her of how he was raised in Cité Soleil,
a very poor and large part of Port-au-Prince.

Djo lived in a one room house witch was a stall for a motor car, or a garage. He lives
with his mother, father, two sisters and two brothers, also his cousin Lally. All of the
children sleep in one bed together and the mother and father have a bed of their own. His
family is very poor, just like the rest of the citizens of Port-au-Prince. During the
story, Djo finds Aristide.

Aristide, or as Djo calls him, Titid, is the first democratically elected president of
Haiti. He is a Salesian priest whose first and continuing ministry has been among the poor
of Port-au-Prince. Father Aristide wants Haiti to become better. He wants people to live
decent lives, with food everyday, and clean water to drink. People like Djo and Jeremie
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