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Population, Way of Life

affluent lifestyle, Haitians, intestinal parasites, elite class, Infant mortality

For most Haitians, daily life is a struggle for survival. An estimated 65 percent of the population lives in poverty. These people, many of whom farm small plots of poor mountain land, are often malnourished. Infant mortality is 93 per 1,000 births, life expectancy at birth is only 50 years, and the incidence of diseases ranging from intestinal parasites to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is extremely high. Only about 46 percent of the population has access to safe drinking water, and only 28 percent has access to sanitary sewer systems. A limited elite of about 10 percent, mostly professionals, enjoys a sophisticated, affluent lifestyle. This elite class has traditionally resisted all attempts to restructure the Haitian social system.



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