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Haiti Humanitarian : Some worrying situation in Petit Goâve
19/10/2010 14:03:44

Haiti Humanitarian : Some worrying situation in Petit Goâve
Demonstrations :
Road barricades in Petit Goave have continued intermittently in the past weeks as part of a protest against the NGO CRS by local truck drivers.

Road safety :
Fatal traffic accidents on Route National 2 connecting Petit Goave and Léogane are common, due in part to lack of policing, unsafe driving and poor vehicle condition. The humanitarian community regularly intervenes to help the wounded.

Gender-based violence
Gender-based violence remains an issue in the area. Humanitarian partners working on protection issues report that reference system is ineffective, particularly for victims to receive medical attention. It has also been reported that there is a lack of PEP kits, used to prevent the transmission of HIV.

Expulsions of families :
Support for 685 families in seven camps under threat of eviction continues, with negotiations between the international community and landowners and progress on developing a returnee package. A total of 11 camps have been reported under threat of eviction. A partner to manage the distribution of return kits is needed while funding for cash-for-work is envisaged through the WFP. Of particular concern are families who have no land onto which they can return.

The construction of transitional shelters continues in Petit and Grand Goave. Samaritan's Purse has announced a distribution capacity of shelter for 10,000 families, while Handicap International is building shelters tailored for families of people with disabilities. Shelter cluster partners have highlighted the need to establish a referral system to discourage beneficiaries from selling shelters. Partners recommend a public information strategy to communicate with beneficiaries information on transitional shelter distribution.

Food security
Food security and agricultural development projects continue to be implemented to support the agricultural sector. Samaritan's Purse and Agro Action Allemande (AAA) have respectively begun trainings, cash-for-work programmes as well as tool and seed distributions to support agriculture in the region. Over 2,800 farmers are expected to benefit directly while AAA reports their initiatives alone will indirectly benefit 40,000 people.

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