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Haitian Rebels Defiant in Slum City Stronghold

Pigs root through rotting garbage in the streets, fuel must be siphoned from underground tanks in a burned-out gas station, and at any time, police are expected to launch an attack on Haiti’s “independent city” of Gonaives. The heartland of an armed revolt threatening the presidency of Jean-Bertrand Aristide has long been a dirt-poor slum city, wracked by violence, in this country where one-third of the population cannot find enough to eat. Since an armed gang that once supported the president attacked Gonaives’ police station and took control Thursday, the dilapidated historical city where Haiti declared independence in 1804 has taken on the look of a war zone. The streets are strewn with rubble and refuse. Open sewers line the shuttered shops. Full Story

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