Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Facing man-made disaster in Haiti: Failed policies leave people with few options

By Kathleen Bergin and Nicole Phillips, Houston Chronicle November 9, 2010 Amid reports that Haiti was spared a dead-on hit by Hurricane Tomas, it came to light that thousands of people still stranded in displacement camps after the Jan. 12 earthquake refused calls from Haitian President Renée Préval to evacuate. At Camp Corail-Cesselesse, where thousands of Haiti’s homeless were transported months ago, aid workers arrived with instructions for residents to pack up, board a truck and make their way out. Almost 8,000 residents live in the camp, but only a few hundred agreed to evacuate. The others refused, and with hostility mounting, the aid workers turned and left. By a stroke of luck the hurricane tipped west, sparing millions of people who live in Port au Prince’s camps. But those camps are still flooded, they will get more rain, and […]

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