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Haiti troubles

Updated: Wed, 29 Jan 2014

Introduction

Haiti was the world's first black republic and the first Caribbean state to achieve independence, but decades of violence, dictatorship, coups, debt and national disasters have left it the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere.

The country is still recovering from a massive earthquake which hit in January 2010, killing more than 200,000 people.

More than 60 percent of Haiti's 10 million people scrape by on less than $1.25 a day. Parts of the country are at the mercy of well-armed gangs.

A U.N. peacekeeping force was sent to Haiti in 2004 after an armed uprising against President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who fled into exile but returned in 2011.

Read the full briefing here.

Haiti was the world's first black republic and the first Caribbean state to achieve independence, but decades of violence, dictatorship, coups, debt and national disasters have left it the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere.

The country is still recovering from a massive earthquake which hit in January 2010, killing more than 200,000 people.

More than 60 percent of Haiti's 10 million people scrape by on less than $1.25 a day. Parts of the country are at the mercy of well-armed gangs.

A U.N. peacekeeping force was sent to Haiti in 2004 after an armed uprising against President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who fled into exile but returned in 2011.

Read the full briefing here.