Thursday, February 06, 2014

Tribunal de Paix et Etat Civil de la Commune de Cite Soleil, Haiti

My friend and colleague Geoff White, traveling in Haiti, sent me this photograph of the courthouse in Cite Soleil, Haiti. Cite Soleil is an area near Port-au-Prince. Its residents face extreme challenges. According to wikipedia,

The area is generally regarded as one of the poorest and most dangerous areas of the Western Hemisphere and it is one of the biggest slums in the Northern Hemisphere. The area has virtually no sewers and has a poorly maintained open canal system that serves as its sewage system, few formal businesses but many local commercial activities and enterprises, sporadic but largely free electricity, a few hospitals, and a single government school,Lycee Nationale de Cite Soleil.

Geoff writes: "And yet, even here the community recognizes the value of a forum for resolving disputes."

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