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Monday, August 29, 2005

Haiti's upcoming elections and UN peacekeepers

An interesting article in today's New York Times about one of Haiti's poorest slums, Cite Soleil (click here to read the article). According to the article, Cite Solei receiveses little help from international aid groups and government services because it is largely controlled by street gangs. National elections are scheduled for November 13th, but violence and poverty have plagued the area as gangs have even fought with UN peacekeeping troops. Many residents of Cite Soleil support former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, so it will be interesting to see how the United States and France react if his party does well in the elections. For recent news stories about Haiti check out information from Amnesty International by clicking here. Also of interest is the Haiti Support Group.

--Tom Hayes


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