Port-au-Prince is the capital and largest city of the caribbean nation of Haiti.The city official population was 104,774 as of the 2003 census.
The city of Port-au-Prince is on the gulf on gonave;the bay on which the city lies, which acts as a natural harbor, has sustained economic activity since the civilizations of the Arawak it was first incorporated under the colonial rule on the french in 1749 and has been Haiti's largest metropolis since then.The city's layout is similar to that of an amphitheater;commercial districts are near the water, while residential neighborhoods are located on the hills above.
Its population is difficult to ascertain due to the rapid growth of slums in the hillsides above the city;however recent estimates place the metropolitan areas population at around 3.5 million nearly half of the country's national population.
Although the U.S. Ambassador in Port-au-Prince, Merten and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged the Haitian authorities to take seriously threats of U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy on the freezing of U.S. aid Haiti, former President Bill Clinton, who co-chairs the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC) said Wednesday "Haiti needs to move from humanitarian aid to self-sufficiency [...] it's what we agreed to do, and unless the Haitian government to do something in violation of this contract. We must continue with as much force as we can"
Last Updated at 6:06 p.m. Two weeks after the devastating earthquake that left much of Haiti in ruins, food distribution to desperate Haitians remains limited and often chaotic.
Ansel Herz, a multimedia journalist and Web designer based in Port-au-Prince, told The Lede that he witnessed the chaotic scene in the Cité Soleil neighborhood of the Haitian capital on Tuesday captured in the photo above by our colleague Damon Winter.