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Haiti - Reconstruction : The Government must show leadership to relocate 630.000 people
The Haitian government, with help from the international community, must implement a relocation strategy so that those living in camps can resettle or return to their homes.
"Relocating the over 600,000 people still living in the camps was never going to be a quick fix. But the new government, once confirmed, must take key decisions on issues that are preventing people from leaving the camps. This includes settling legal issues over land tenure, creating jobs so that people can pay rent, and removing the rubble which remains on the streets," said Roland Van Hauwermeiren, country director for Oxfam in Haiti.
According to a recent report, over 100,000 displaced people are under threat of forced eviction in camps in open spaces which are mostly private land. Today, some owners want to reclaim their land. While recognizing the rights of owners, Oxfam said that "The Haitian government must protect those people who have been displaced by the earthquake from now having to face the second trauma of being forcibly evicted from the camps where they have been living", Van Hauwermeiren said. "We all agree that the camps are neither a long term nor a sustainable solution but people cannot be evicted from the camps without a fair alternative"
President Michel Martelly has made some progress on this by developing plans to close six camps where approximately 25,000 people are living. "While it is good to see progress being made on relocation of those living in these six camps, this must be done with a long-term relocation plan in place", emphasized the National Director of Oxfam.
On the side of presidential team they say understand the position of Oxfam, explaining that a team is finalizing a complete plan whose the pilot project will enable the camp residents to return to their neighborhood of origin, with better services. In the relocation efforts, remember that a separate project [unveiled last June 15 by the President Martelly] should allow the construction of 400 houses in 100 days in the locality of Zoranje.
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