The social history in general of the Republic of Haiti

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Behind lavi che:
Ordinary people's daily struggle to survive in the new Haiti. From This Week in Haiti, 21–June 1995. Lavi che refers to the high cost of living.
Review of Simon M. Fass, Political Economy in Haiti: The Drama of Survival
Reviewed by Bob Corbett, 28 June 1995. The economics of daily life for the majority of the population.
Haiti economic elite families adapting to new competition
By Robert P. Waltzer, Dow Jones, October 1996. As foreign lenders push Haiti to open its economy and consolidate democratic reforms, the country's leading business families are in a process of rapid adaptation. With the army gone, the business elite needs Préval to succeed. The families are increasing their cooperation with foreign partners and financiers.
Cité Soleil: Government throws oil on fires of frustration
This Week in Haiti, Haiti Progres, 4–10 December 1996. Soleil 9, a desperate corner of the giant Cité Soleil slum on the north-western flank of the capital is like the gates of Hell. The rich and the poor. The overwhelming sentiment expressed by residents of Soleil 9 is anger. The young men feel that they have been betrayed by the Lavalas government, because they resisted and fought the military rule of the 3 year coup d'etat.
Not Enough Services for Fast-Growing Population
By Ives-Marie Chanel, IPS, 2 October 1998. Haiti's population is increasing by 2.3 percent each year, according to the UNFPA. It now stands at an estimated eight million, and at this rate there will be almost 10 million people by the year 2010 and 20 million by 2040. The rate of population increase in the cities is approximately four times that of the country as a whole; a destabilizing effect on the fabric of urban life. Jobs. Progress in other social aspects.
Jacmel: Government neglect pits neighbors against each other
This Week in Haiti, Haiti Progres, 4'10 November 1998. For over six months, residents of the industrial zone in this southeastern city have been asking the National Service for Potable Water (SNEP) to do something about the rank mosquito-breeding waste-water festering in front of their homes. The SNEP authorities gave them no answers and did nothing.
Abandoning one dream for another, thousands of Haitians return to roots
By Leslie Casimir, The Miami Herald, 29 November 1998. While countless Haitians continue to smuggle themselves into South Florida and thousands of others fight for the right to stay, some are quietly returning to Haiti, building homes and nursing their severed roots. Living in the States was very much like having all the food you wanted—but still you could not eat.
Slavery in modern times?
By Patrick Smikle, IPS, 18 October 1999. The term restavec refers to involuntary indentured servitude of domestic workers in the U.S., especially female children, often beaten and raped.
Jalouzi: A neighborhood of misery in the heart of Petionville
This Week in Haiti, Haiti Progres 2–8 February 2000. Profiles of a poor neighborhood. These quarters are home to the majority of Haiti's city dwellers. Nonetheless, they are generally ignored by the Haitian government, despite their horrific conditions.