Cité-Soleil is the poorest area of the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere it is also becoming one of the most dangerous as armed gangs roam the streets. Murder, rape, kidnapping, pillage, and shootings are common as every few blocks is controlled by a rival armed faction, such factions said to number over thirty-two. In 2002 the violence escalated as the gangs began warring with each other in addition to preying on ordinary people. Many inhabitants had to leave temorarily to escape the turmoil.
Most of the residents of Cité-Soleil are children or young adults. Few live past the age of fifty; they die from disease, including AIDS, or violence. The neighborhood is much like the Five Points, Manhattan neighborhood of Manhattan during the mid-nineteenth century. However, instead of poor immigrants inundating the slum, migrants from the countryside flow into this neighborhood. Source: Wikipedia & Cité Soleil under siege: Haiti's elite, U.N., and fat cat NGOs paralyzed
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