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Port-au-Prince is the capital city of Haiti and held a population of two million. The city is a victim of the rapid growth of the Haitian population. The growing population combined with deep poverty is the driving force behind the country’s vulnerability. (USAID, 2007) Port-au Prince is particularly known for its poignant inequality; the wealthiest Haitians live on the hillside above the city where the vast majority of the poorer citizens lives. The city’s commercial urban center represents a small fraction of the community. The vast majority of the population lives in the surrounding slums. None of these slums have basic services and sanitation remains a challenge (e.g., clean water and sanitation). The 2010 earthquake literally devastated the community due to poor housing and extreme poverty. Ten of thousands of people have died as a result of the earthquake.
The demography of the town of Cornillon (Lafuite) was estimated at 54,254 habitants and the average density is approximately 223.24 inhabitants per km inhabitants according to the 2009 census. The Forest area (% of land area) in Haiti was last reported at 3.66 in 2010, according to a World Bank report published in 2012. The people of its districts live on agriculture, especially growing peas and corn. However, agriculture in the region does not meet the nutritional needs of the population. Hunger and malnutrition are common in the area. Cornillon (Lafuite) is isolated from the rest of the country and suffer from lacking the minimal services. No road linked the town to the closest city, people walk for hours every day to go to their activities. Because the area is very mountainous, population movement is challenging, which affect all aspects of livelihood. The churches provide education to the poor families in the community who live in precarious conditions. The majority of the population does not reach first grade. Regarding health care, the population has been very vulnerable since access to a hospital is six hours away. The passage of cholera in Haiti has caused many deaths in the region due to lack of a health care professional.
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