Haiti: Showdown in Sun City

Channel 4

Unreported World

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Cite de Soleil is in Haiti, and is the poorest neighbourhood in the poorest country in the western hemisphere. The slum is run by gangs, who seemingly have no concern for human life., although members claim that they help rather than harm the community. Sandra Jordan and director Robin Barnwell arrive just as the UN and the gangs crash into yet another gunfight.

Against a backdrop of deadly violence, Jordan shows how the UN is battling to take over Cite de Soleil. Given that the gangs are armed with automatic weapons, the UN's task is enormous, all the more so because innocent people, often children, are frequently caught in the crossfire – as happens to Jordan and Barnwell. The UN is regularly blamed for deaths, but in reality it's impossible to tell whether they were accidentally killed by the UN or deliberately by the gangs. Amid the violence the UN is slowly making progress, bringing water and electricity to some of the poorest people on earth..

"Gangsters are arrested, gang strongholds shut down, clinics set up. What's equally impressive is that Unreported World is there to watch.”
- The Observer

“another series of this excellent investigative journalism programme begins…"
- Daily Mail

First Broadcast

April 13, 2007



Producer Director

Robin Barnwell


Sandra Jordan

Executive Producer

Eamonn Matthews


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