haiti-flag_1_web.jpgPORT-AU-PRINCE — About 1,000 people turned up to celebrate the 59th birthday of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

The two-time president did not show up at a public event at the foundation named for him but his wife, Mildred, spoke briefly on his behalf.

The former first lady presented a new book of poetry, Haiti – Haitii? Philosophical Poetry for Mental Decolonization, written by Aristide in Haitian Creole that includes Swahili proverbs.

Aristide has remained in his compound on the northeastern edge of the capital since he returned last year following a seven-year exile.

The one-time Roman Catholic priest served two separate presidential terms and was ousted both times. He lived in South Africa after a rebellion toppled him in 2004.