Haiti - How Cite Soleil was born?

Cite Soleil has the reputation for being the worst bad ass slum in Haiti but did you know? Cite Soleil is a good idea in Haiti gone bad!

PHOTO: Cite Soleil - Haiti Map

I just found out...

Site Soleil was born in 1958 with the construction of homes for 52 families, sugar workers at the old Haitian American Sugar Company complex (HASCO).

And then...

In the summer of 1966, there was a serious fire in La Saline. The fire displaced many of the La saline Residents.


1,197 new shacks, I mean homes, were built in Cite Soleil, and then Cite Soleil was was renamed "Cite Simone."

Yeaaaaa... Viv Manman Simone!

Ou sonje Manman Simone? Wi... Madan PapaDoc, Manman BabyDoc!

And then...

In 1972, There was a major fire near the Central market in Port-au-Prince. More people were displaced.


What did the Duvalier Government do? Shove them in Cite Soleil... I mean Cite Simone! This is when Cite Boston was born (an area of Cite Soleil name after the US city of Boston)

Oh... Yeaaa.... Viv Duvalier!!!! A vi... SHM...

By 1983, twenty five years later, there there were more then 82,000 people living in Cite Soleil. That's from 52 families 25 years earlier.

By 2009, with poor Haitian souls coming into the city hoping to find a job, Cite Soleil had more than 240,000 residents and no jobs... That's over 240,000 people living in 8.4 square miles.

From a 52 family housing project to 1/4 million people in 50 years.

I don't know what to think. I guess I am a little bit scared of what may happen if the brains we elect to decide what's best for us are WITHOUT a 50 year plan.

Obviously, we cannot let that happen again. So how do we prevent it???

MINUSTAH Soldier Hoding a Haitian Baby  

Tags: Haiti Reconstruction, Duvalier, Cite Soleil Haiti, Haiti Slums, Haitian-American Sugar Company, HASCO, La Saline Haiti Fire, Papa Doc, Cite Simone Haiti, Haiti Population growth, Haiti Politiques, History, Community

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Jean Rhau You are correct!however,knowing what had happened in the past may prevent us repeating the mistakes of the past. The future can definitely be better... see more
Reply · July 19 at 6:23 PM
Marc A Museau Why concern on how cite Soleil Haiti was born. It is in the pass. What we can do now is to make corrections on how to embellish Cite Soleil for the... see more
Reply · July 19 at 10:58 AM
Jean Rhau That's good information. Let's think of a solution 50 years later. Haiti is raising from the slums. Snap pictures now, because soon cite Soleil will... see more
Reply · July 19 at 6:24 AM
Ti Zo C'est une tres bonne idee de demenager tous les habitants de la Cite entiere, detuit toutes les maisons et reserve le terrain pour construire les... see more
Reply · July 19 at 2:18 AM
Odrigue mesi patizan pou infomsyon sa mwen te toujou ap poze tet mwen kesyon koman cite soleil te fome. mwen dako ak ide Miejo a fok sante publik komanse fe... see more
Reply · July 18 at 12:31 PM
Miejo 1- le controle des naissances a deux enfants- 2- encourager les gens des provences de rester chez eux-offre de pret pour qu'ils puissent avoir un... see more
Reply · July 18 at 12:06 PM
Mm Allo Woodring, Comment on a pu aussi longtemps accepter, face
Reply · July 18 at 12:04 PM

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