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Haiti - Humanitarian : For more than 7 years, 37,967 Haitians still live in camps !
21/08/2017 10:57:28

Haiti - Humanitarian : For more than 7 years, 37,967 Haitians still live in camps !
Around 2,900 people (1,862 adults, 315 children under 4 years of age and 723 between 5 and 18 years old) displaced by the 2010 earthquake, are still licing in Camp Tabarre ISA, composed of T-Shelter, which were to accommodate displaced persons for only three years.

The Health, Protection, Return and Camp Management Operations (CMO) teams of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) distribute mosquito nets to about 20 families who have also received information on their use and how to protect from vector-borne diseases.

Fred Standley Vincent, from the IOM CMO team who regularly visits the camp, says "the biggest challenge we face is to calm down the frustrations," recalling that " IOM is the last humanitarian actor who accompanies this camp and the population has many expectations, which is normal."

7 years is long, it gives time to a population to settle in community, to create a life of neighborhood, in the camp are found in particular : For more than 7 years, the population has been able to build a certain life of neighborhood, one finds there: a barber, small shops, as well as two nursery and primary schools. 7 years old, it is also the age of a little boy who has never lived elsewhere than in a camp, like 315 other children under the age of 4 years of this camp.

Since 2010, the number of humanitarian organizations working in the camps has been reduced drastically while 37,967 displaced people are still living in 27 camps in Haiti despite the efforts of the Haitian government and the international community to assist and relocate 97 per cent of the displaced population. Since 2010, 1,528 camps have been closed and more than 1.5 million people have been relocated with the support of several international donors.

More than seven years later, a final effort could put an end to the displacement of these families by relocating or integrating the remaining camps in the original neighborhoods where IOM now relies only on the Canadian government as the only one donor in its relocation activities in the metropolitan region...

HL/ S/ HaitiLibre

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