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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Haitian camp populations decline, but residents still in need – UN official

Via UN News Center :

" The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) still in camps in Haiti after their homes were destroyed by last year’s catastrophic earthquake has declined from 1.5 million to 600,000, but hardship in the settlements has not eased, the United Nations humanitarian chief said today at end of her three-day visit to the country.

Valerie Amos, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, visited the Accra camp, which hosts 25,500 people in the commune of Delmas and spoke to residents who told her that they lived in fear of eviction because they had nowhere else to go.

Representatives of the camp’s women’s committee narrated their daily challenges of caring for their families in an environment there are no job opportunities and living in cramped conditions with poor lighting that put them at risk of gender-based violence.

* from the last paragraph of the article

Cholera has claimed the lives of more than 6,300 people in Haiti, and the disease has affected an estimated 450,000 others since October last year."

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