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Kuni Takahashi Chicago Tribune
"Haiti's neglected corners"

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Ti Haiti remains an impoverished, neglected neighborhood in Cite Soleil; an exception to the dramatic revival occurring elsewhere in one of Haiti's roughest slums after an aggressive crackdown on gangs by UN peacekeeping troops in January 2007. Haiti has the worst record in the Americas for infant and maternal mortality, AIDS and malnutrition, while the majority of Haitians have no access to medicine and only half of children are vaccinated. Other problems include the controversial repatriation by U.S. authorities of over 2,000 criminals of Haitian descent, who confront hardship and discrimination upon their return. A mural of former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who was ousted twice by military coups in 1991 and 2004, remains on a building in Cite Soleil in Port au Prince, Haiti, May 1, 2007. In January 2007, UN peacekeeping troops launched an aggressive operation to wrest control of Cite Soleil, the country's roughest slam, from powerful political gangs.


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