Cleanup coalition in Haiti’s largest slum

A clean-street mural in Cité Soleil by local artist Romeo.
Gary G. Yerkey

“We’re proud that this has become the cleanest and safest neighborhood in all of Cité Soleil,” says Luckson Saint-vil, secretary-general of the neighborhood organizing committee La Difference that spans about four square blocks. Gang members feel unwelcome and weapons have been banned, he says.

He says that the residents have also been talking up their success in other parts of Cité Soleil. “Our message is simple: It is not your neighborhood that makes you; it is you that makes your neighborhood.”
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