I first heard of Cité Soleil when a colleague of mine told me how he had recently felt the barrel of a gun pressed to his cheek there. This happened in the middle of a riot, a common occurrence in Haiti’s largest slum, located in Port-au-Prince, the capital. One of the largest shantytowns in the Northern Hemisphere, Cité Soleil suffers from many ills: a total lack of infrastructure and public services, uncontrolled crime, and a disturbing frequency of lynching. The UN has described the human rights situation here as catastrophic. Following last year’s magnitude 7.0 earthquake, aid was slow in reaching Cité Soleil, exacerbating all difficulties. Local gang members escaped from Haiti's damaged prison and have now returned to the slum, escalating crime.mapcite

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