Inside Cité Soleil

Inside Cité Soleil


This photo essay depicts life inside one of the world’s most notorious mega-slums – the Haitian shanty town of Cité Soleil.


UN Peacekeepers patrol a new housing compound of Cité Soleil

UN Peacekeepers patrol a new housing compound inside the mega-slum called Cité Soleil, Port-au-Prince, Haiti






Children play on the balcony of a concrete building in Cité Soleil

Children play on the balcony of a concrete building






Men playing cards in a narrow side street in Cité Soleil

Two men play cards in a narrow side street close to a neighbouring quarter that is controlled by an opposing gang






Gang member holds Gun in Cité Soleil.

A gang member holds a pistol in his hand






A gang member presents one of his gunshot wounds that he received by UN peacekeepers and opposing gang members

A gang member presents one of his gunshot wounds that he received by UN peacekeepers






A Brazilian UN Peacekeeper patrols Cité Soleil

A squad of Brazilian UN Peacekeepers patrols Cité Soleil






Residents of Cité Soleil stand on a rooftop overlooking the local market

Local residents stand on a rooftop, overlooking the new market






Women pedicure their feet on one of the main roads of their quarter inside Cité Soleil

Women pedicure their feet on one of the main roads of their quarter inside the mega-slum






Artists using scrap metal to create an artwork in a backyard in Cité Soleil

Artists use scrap metal to create an artwork in a backyard






UN soldiers on a night patrol through one of the biggest quarters of Cité Soleil

UN soldiers conduct a night patrol through Cité Soleil’s biggest quarter called “Boston”






A child is crying in Cité Soleil

A child is scared of approaching foreigners






A child gets baptized in a church outside of Cité Soleil, thereby preventing the father to attent the ceremony as he is afraid to leave the quarter due to the UN and police presence.

A child from Cité Soleil gets baptised in a church outside of the mega-slum, which prevents the father from attending the ceremony as he is wanted by the UN and the Haitian police

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