Doctor Maryse Narcisse, recent presidential candidate of Haiti's Famni Lavalas party, visited California for her first time in late April. Narcisse's involvement in Famni Lavalas goes back many years. Under President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's second term, she was General Director for the Ministry of Health. She also helped found the Aristide Foundation's medical and nursing school, UNIFA
(University of the Aristide Foundation), which has expanded in recent years.
After the U.S.-backed coup against Aristide and Famni Lavalas in '04, Narcisse represented Aristide during his time in exile (and visited him in South Africa multiple times). She herself was also in exile for a time following the coup. Upon her return to Haiti in 2007, she survived a kidnapping at gunpoint.
She coordinated medical responses to the cholera outbreak introduced by U.N. troops, and the devastating earthquake of 2010, and Hurricane Matthew in 2016. As presidential candidate representing Fanmi Lavalas circa 2016, she enjoyed great popularity.
Full story and pictures: Dr. Maryse Narcisse of Haiti Visits Southern California by Ross Plesset