PBS: 9PM Tuesday evening
Last year, in the chaos of the earthquake that devastated Haiti,
thousands of the country’s worst criminals seized the opportunity to
stage a mass escape from the National Penitentiary. One year later, the
gang leaders are reasserting control in the capital, threatening the
country’s stability. With unique access to the police units trying to
hunt down the gangsters — and revealing encounters with the gangsters
themselves — FRONTLINE examines the uphill fight to rebuild Haiti in
the face of deep-rooted corruption and intimidation. The film also
offers intimate portraits of the fearful lives many Haitians are living,
as the central government and judicial system routinely fail to maintain
order. “Haiti is a nation that committed collective suicide some time
ago,” the chief of the U.N. mission tells FRONTLINE. If the gangs are
not defeated, many now believe a new Haiti cannot be born.
You can also view the National Penitentiary on this “before and after” site:click on National Penitentiary in the right hand column.
This is an amazing essay with photos..if you can bear it! (Click on full screen and view the 13 photos) I suggest spending time at this site.