Children play with kites beside Route Soleil 9 in the Cite Soleil commune of the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, on March 21, 2016 / AFP / HECTOR RETAMAL
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PORT-AU-PRINCE: Thirty youngsters exercise in a concrete yard, sharing four punching bags and a few pairs of gloves: this is boxing practice and it's what hope looks like for youth in Haiti's Cite Soleil slum.A native of the poorest and most crowded slum in Haiti, Belizaire organizes daily workouts in the small space that includes a 20-square-meter room with no electricity or water.The Haitian government provides little to nothing for the estimated 200,000 to 400,000 residents of Cite Soleil on the northern fridge the capital.The struggle to survive in Cite Soleil draws many youth to a life of crime.Thomas Noreille, who co-directed the 2014 documentary "Soley" about the slum's young boxing hopefuls, saw that reality first-hand.
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