Haiti: Occasional Musings - 8

From Black Looks Mon Feb 18 2013, 14:15:24

One of the worst myths floating in western media is the one that of the 2 million people displaced there are now only 250,000 left in camps. On the contrary, people were given various amounts of money $400/$500 to move from camps - where does the writer imagine these people went with a paltry $500 and no job, a hardly sustainable programme? Many moved to other camps in the city and on the outskirts where huge informal settlements have sprung up with no water - in short the same conditions as in the camps; many moved to already overcrowded poor neighbourhoods like Carrefour and Jalouzi either with family or in makeshift housing; some moved to the countryside; some were rehoused in temporary plywood houses; and some were rehoused. The figure we should be searching for, is of the 1.75 million now supposedly out of the camps, how many of these have been rehoused in decent housing and lets not forget that for those who remain in camps the situation is worsening every day.

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