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Haitians protest plan to demolish homes
Many march in capital against government plan to clear slum for a flood-control project.
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2012 03:38

Many Haitians have marched in the capital Port-au-Prince to protest a government plan to relocate hundreds of families before destroying their homes in a slum on the city's outskirts for a flood-control project. 

The government says it needs to clear the Jalousi slum, which sits on the edge of a ravine, in order to reforest a hill to reduce the risk of flooding as the rainy season approaches. 

Many residents of the town also voiced anger about the new slums they would be moved to, saying the government has repeatedly reneged on promises to build them proper new homes years after an earthquake devastated much of the country.

Rachel Levin reports from Port-au-Prince.

 

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