Nobody chooses to be born into abject poverty.
Haiti is home to more than nine million people. Over 6 million live below the poverty line (US $2.41 per day) and more than 2.5 million live in abject poverty (under US $1.23 per day). Haiti is considered to be the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and sixth poorest in the world.
Political instability has undermined basic social services such as power, roads, healthcare and education. Haiti is also vulnerable to natural disasters recently suffering significant devastation from Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and an earthquake in 2010.