"Jalousie in colors" – Makeup for misery

Jalousie neighbourhood of Port au Prince, photo Haiti Grassroots Watch.JPG

By Haiti Grassroots Watch, Sept 23, 2013

Pétion-ville, HAITI – Pink, green, blue, red. From a distance, the thousands of brightly colored houses look like a painting. The observer can’t see the suffering and the dangers threatening the residents of the Jalousie neighborhood; suffering and dangers that are also being ignored by the government, which is spending US$6 million on a massive make-up job.

“Danger” because just last month, experts announced the hillside slum, home to 45,000 - 50,000 people, sits on a secondary fault. “Not only does a fault run through Jalousie, but there is also the serious danger of mudslides in the area,” geologist Claude Prépetit explained at a press conference on August 2, 2013. Prépetit was introducing a new seismological study of certain regions of Haiti’s capital region he recently coordinated.

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