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Rising from the rubble

From the ground  up

“After the  earthquake, this area has become very dangerous. Many people lost  their houses or jobs, many others are still buried under the ruins together with their houses. Some people left everything to go look  for a job or better opportunities. Some of the streets, the  buildings, and the houses are still buried under the ruins.

Nobody comes to help  us.

We asked the  government to send us equipment to get rid of all the rubble but they  told us that, if we wanted the machines, we had to pay for gas. But  we can’t afford it.

We need new  materials to repair our houses and build a new school. We get food  and charcoal from a small market that local people set up.

We’re swamped with  problems, we need help and everyone’s collaboration to come out of  this situation”.

Cité Soleil: War  Zone

“This is Boulevard  Jean-Jacques Dessalines, the city’s most dangerous avenue. We must  stay in the car because about 5.000 criminals live in this area and  we can’t take pictures or film without being in danger, especially  since there is no police protecting or controlling the area.

This is where the president of my company was killed last month.

Gangs fight with the  police all the time. Once they even set the police station and a city  market on fire, with people still inside.

People who come here  to do business know that this is a dangerous place, but they have no  choice. It’s a matter of survival.

Not even the police  dares set foot in the heart of Cité Soleil.

One day I was  driving in this area and a couple of gangs stopped me. When I refused  to stop they started shooting. While I drove away, the bullets hit my  car and I lost control of the vehicle. I hit and killed three people.  I got out of the car and ran away, leaving my car there.

These streets are  like the big scars of this war. We are trying to put all the fighting  behind us and go on with our lives”.

A still-beating  Heart

“The market is the  business heart of the city.

People sell  everything here. Two weeks after the earthquake people came here, one  after the other, to start their own small businesses and try to  forget about the catastrophe that changed their lives.

This is the only  place in the city where people come every single day to sell every  kind of goods in exchange for some money to feed their children.

People like to spend  their free time here after work and have a good time, buying and  eating at the food stands.

People do their best  to survive.

In order to move  about town, there are taxi motorcycles and other public  transportation which are called tap-taps –  pick-up trucks or buses  painted with bright colors and drawings”.


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