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The government project paints houses in a once-grim shantytown, but critics argue it’s only a cosmetic change that fails to improve residents’ lives

Workers this month began painting the concrete façades of buildings in Jalousie slum a rainbow of colours.Dieu Nalio Chery/The Associated Press

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The $1.4-million ‘Beauty versus Poverty: Jalousie in Colours’ effort is part of a plan to relocate people from the displacement camps.Dieu Nalio Chery/The Associated Press

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A painting by Haitian artist Préfète Duffaut titled <i>Friends of Haiti</i> hangs on exhibit at the Galerie Monnin in Petionville. The government house-painting project is inspired by the dazzling 'cities-in-the-skies' of Mr. Duffaut.Dieu Nalio Chery

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Workers paint red the exterior of a home in Jalousie on March 21, 2013.Dieu Nalio Chery/The Associated Press

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A worker paints red the exterior wall of a home in Jalousie on March 21, 2013.Dieu Nalio Chery/The Associated Press

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Nicolas Richnado watches over buckets filled with water as he waits for his mother to return from carrying a bucket of water to their home in Jalousie on March 21, 2013.Dieu Nalio Chery/The Associated Press

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