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Jean-Paul Renaud, a tall, gaunt Haitian, fidgeted: uneasily within the chair & appeared sideways out of the window’s fairly than at me. I couldn’t help feeling there was one factor else behind his story. It was pretty a story. In 1994 a navy junta was working Haiti and looking out its enemies, the activist supporters of President Aristide whom it had ousted in a coup. The US supplied to grant asylum to potential victims and settle for them as refugees.
I got here to Haiti to run the programme. In summer season Renaud had utilized for refuge, telling our interviewer in Port Au Prince that he had been a peasant activist and had acquired loss of life threats from the junta’s native thugs known as Attachés. He feared for his life and that of his spouse. When he got here for the interview from his native place, Les Cayes, he was accompanied by his buddy Michel Beauviel, who too had utilized and was interviewed.
Beauviel turned up two weeks later to know the result and was advised that his utility was not permitted, because the story of his activism within the villages didn’t tally with the identified information.
4 months later Renaud was now sitting in my workplace telling me a wierd story. Beauviel had opened the letter meant for Renaud and located that Renaud had been permitted for refugee standing and wanted to proceed instantly to get his passport and medical clearance. He acted shortly. He erased his identity from the rejection letter he had acquired, inserted Renaud’s identify and delivered it to Renaud with nice commiseration for his misfortune.
He added that he has needed to going to a different city;s, Mirebalais- for some work and wouldn’t be again;s in Les Cayes for a number of days. He didn’t after all go to Mirebalais. He went to a very good supply for false identification papers, obtained a passport within the identify of Renaud and the requisite medical certificates
On the fifth day, he was on a airplane for Chicago as a global refugee. When Beauviel hadn’t returned to Les Cayes for months, and Renaud heard a hearsay that he might have gone overseas, he was curious and got here to test. I advised him that, based on our data, a person of his identify had left for the US. From the official images, Renaud simply recognized the impersonator as Beauviel. I’d naturally must act on the fraud and revoke the impersonator’s standing. However, I felt there was nonetheless some angle I had missed. “Inform me,” I requested, “why did you belief Renaud a lot? In spite of everything, you authorised him to gather your official papers.”
“He was a detailed buddy. We helped one another. He did the most important half in concocting the detailed tales about our activism and political motion within the villages.” So even his personal story, which acquired approval, was a concoction! I used to be dumbfounded even earlier than got here the outstanding non-sequitur, “Poor chap, I even married his girlfriend.”