Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Post-Quake IDP Camps Continue, Nearly 5 Years Later

Although the government has stopped talking about it and NGOs have stopped funding it, housing remains a big problem in Haiti. The Martelly-Lamothe government successfully emptied the most visible camps but less-visible ones have become permanent settlements. Building codes still have yet to be enforced, though building violations were a major cause of the destruction of the quake. Haiti needs sustainable housing solutions to respect the human rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and close IDP camps once and for all. Failure to Aid Haiti’s Earthquake Homeless Etant Dupain, Let Haiti Live August 19, 2014 Nearly 5 years after the quake, IDPs continue to be evicted from camps despite no sustainable housing solutions or meaningful construction reforms Port-au-Prince, Haiti: More than 20,000 victims of the earthquake on January 12, 2010 are living under the threat of forced evictions from the camps […]

Ban Ki-Moon Isn’t Living Up to His Responsibilities

This piece outlines the responsibility of leaders like the Secretary General of the United Nations, and how Ban Ki-moon is shirking those responsibilities. Haiti’s cholera victims have sought justice for four years and the UN is still failing to protect their human rights. Instead, Ban Ki-moon dodges questions and makes statements of sympathy without effective actions to eliminate cholera from Haiti. The UN does have a moral responsibility, and also a legal and financial responsibility, to give justice to cholera victims and their families. Ban Ki-moon heads to Haiti, offers an apple for an orchard Wesley Laine, Let Haiti Live July 17, 2014 A few days ago, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visited Haiti. It was his first visit to Haiti since the cholera outbreak. During his trip, the Secretary General toured the “Sports for Hope Centre”, a project […]

Evictions of homeless earthquake victims : How the Government treats the most vulnerable in Haiti

By Etant Dupain,  Let Haiti Live December 3, 2012 Nearly three years after the earthquake in Haiti, nearly 400,000 people remain humiliated and forgotten in camps, while at the same time impoverished urban neighborhoods – slums or bidonvil – have grown and sprung up in new places. Since the arrival of the new government and President Martelly, there has been a strategy of forced systematic evictions, that have exacerbated the problem, feeling like injury upon injury for the victims of the January 12 earthquake who continue to live in camps. It isn’t a secret that President Martelly does not believe people are living in tents because they are homeless. He stated this himself in an interview with Al Jazeera. Martelly said: “people leave their homes, they come under the tents because they know that there they are going to have free food, free […]

Two Years Later, Where Is The Outrage? (

By Melinda Miles, Let Haiti Live Founder and Director, January 3, 2012 There is not enough anger for my anger,  there is not enough grief for my grief. As the two-year anniversary of the earthquake approaches, I am finding myself with a case of insomnia. Here I am, enjoying the perfect Haitian winter, lying awake with my head filled with thoughts I can’t escape. Sure, it’s natural to reflect on what has happened as another year ends, yet what I can’t seem to get away from is all the things that haven’t happened. The hundreds of thousands who haven’t moved out of the camps they set up after the earthquake, two years ago. The permanent homes that haven’t been constructed, hell even the temporary shelters that haven’t been built. The tarps that only last a couple of months yet haven’t […]

Outside the Spotlight on Haiti’s Earthquake Anniversary, Haitians Bear Witness and Envision A New Haiti

By Melinda Miles, Let Haiti Live It is hot under the tarp where the crowd has gathered, and sweat silently drips down our faces. We are quiet, concentrating on the voice of a woman with a red scarf wrapped around her head. She has lived through a hell that we all have survived, and she is bearing witness to her own anguish one year after the darkest night of our lives. One year after Haiti’s earthquake, the capital is crawling with foreign journalists looking to capture new photos of the old misery that characterizes the lives of more than a million homeless survivors. Stories will focus on the lack of progress, the debris that still fills the streets, and the makeshift tarp and tent cities in every park, field and once-open space in the city. Photographers will take poignant photos […]

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