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'Children of Haiti': A Picture of Survival, Hope

'Haiti must change,' says one teen boy in new documentary. 'Then God will bless Haiti.'
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A new documentary, shot before last year's massive earthquake, puts the number of orphans in Haiti at about 500,000, a number that has gone way up since the January 12, 2010 quake.

Alexandria Hammond's Children of Haiti, airing on PBS tonight at 10 p.m. (check local listings) offers the survival stories of three teenage street boys, also known as the sanguine ("soulless"). Shot in the northern city of Cap-Haitien, the film captures the different factors that create obstacles for the boys, such as scarcity of jobs and education.

The documentary offers a stark contrast between Haiti's beautiful landscape and its urban counterpart. One of the boys has been sleeping on streets since he was 8, one abuses paint thinner, and the other boy sometimes stays with his impoverished mother and stepfather, but often survives on his own.

In Creole, the boys often offer their analyses of the Haitian political leadership, expressing simultaneous dismay and hope in the government.

"We don't have any type of ...

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