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Haiti

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Allison H

on 28 April 2010

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Haiti As many as 225,000 children in Haiti live and work as domestic servants. Called restaveks these extremely poor children are sent by their families to other homes. Their parents sent them because they are promised that their children would attend school in return for their live-in work. Though many of these children end up in domestic servitude with no way out. They are known as restaveks from the French, meaning "to stay with." The majority, 2/3 of restaveks are female and all are prone to abuse and rape by their host families. The movement of the children are from poor homes to less poor homes. Sometimes within the same family. Decades of violence and instabillity in Haiti has made it the poorest country in the Americas. US troops occupied the republic of Haiti between 1915 and 1934. Conditions are so bad that the US Coast Guard caught over 60,000 people risking their life between 1992 and 1994 riding on rafts to get to America. They found many Haitians floating in the water or washed ashore in the Bahamas. Haiti speaks French and Haitian Creole. Haitis currency is Gourde. This boys house fell on him and by the time they could get him to the hospital amputation was the only thing left.
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