World Cup Fever Hits Haiti | Medindia

Flags from competing countries are a common sight in the capital Port-au-Prince, flapping from the tops of cars as vendors peddle them in all shapes and sizes on street corners. At first glance, Brazil seems the big favorite here but young and old alike are also backing Argentina, Germany and Italy during the June 12 to July 13 sports bonanza. Some see the football frenzy as a way of forgetting the poverty, day-to-day struggles and political strife in this country still reeling from a devastating 2010 earthquake that killed 250,000 people. More than four years on, many still live in squalid makeshift camps and bitter disagreements between politicians have threatened the already painfully slow reconstruction. Thousands took to Port-au-Prince’s streets this week to demand the resignation of President Michel Martelly and new elections. Last month, Martelly’s three years in power were marked by clashes between protesters and police. via | Medindia


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