Bel Air, Haiti

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Bel Air
Bèlè
Village
Ti Chery, Bel Air
Ti Chery, Bel Air
Bel Air is located in Haiti
Bel Air
Bel Air
Location in Haiti
Coordinates: 18°33′N 72°20′W / 18.550°N 72.333°W / 18.550; -72.333Coordinates: 18°33′N 72°20′W / 18.550°N 72.333°W / 18.550; -72.333
Country  Haiti
Department Ouest
Arrondissement Port-au-Prince

Bel Air (Kreyol: Bèlè, English: Good Air) is a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. It is a slum area of the city and suffers from poverty. Crime is widespread, and kidnappings and killings have created panic among the local population.[1]

History[edit]

Bel Air has served as a launching site for political demonstrations demanding the return of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. In recent years it has been marred by political violence and massacres by police.[2]

U.S. marines in Bel Air in April 2004.

On January 5, 2005 an uprising broke out and was suppressed by hundreds of Brazilian soldiers and special units of the Haitian National Police.[2] Five persons were reported to have been killed.[2]The trouble in the Bel Air area of the city was seen by the authorities as a major threat to the safety of the 2005 elections in Haiti.

The 2010 earthquake destroyed numerous buildings in Bel Air.

The neighborhood was the most devastated area of Port-au-Prince after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ UNICEF
  2. ^ a b c "UN occupies Bel Air in Haiti". Haitaction.net. Archived from the original on 22 January 2010. Retrieved January 16, 2010. 
  3. ^ Fome e sede fazem violência aumentar em Porto Príncipe no Haiti (in Portuguese), Correio da Bahia. Retrieved on January 20, 2010.

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