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Haiti - an island state is sinking in trash

The Caribbean island nation of Haiti used to be famous for its pristine beaches. These days the country is making headlines with its extreme poverty and the environmental damage that comes with it. Since the earthquake in 2010 the situation has become even more drastic.

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More than 90 percent of the forests have been cleared and many people live in garbage. In recent years the population has grown to around 10 million people. Plus, the earthquake five years ago left many homeless, with no alternative but to move to the big cities and live on the streets. In the northern coastal town of Cap Haitien, marine biologist Jean Wiener is trying to convince Haitians of the need to protect the sea.