Homeless Again in Haiti

Six months after the big quake, Haitians are feeling aftershocks in the form of homelessness. After the government relocated people to approximately 1,500 acres this spring, some owners of those plots of land want the camps removed.

In an article on the Christian Science Monitor website, Alice Speri says that in Haiti’s booming real-estate market, weary landowners want to build new homes or sell their land currently occupied by people who lost their homes in the earthquake.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, only 206 of the 1,241 refugee camps in Haiti are officially recognized and monitored by NGOs – the rest lack protection. As a result, forced evictions are on the rise, says the article. But residents have nowhere to go, and are finding themselves homeless for the second time since the January earthquake.

To read the Christian Science Monitor article, click here:
www.csmonitor.com/World/Americas/2010/0702/
Still-homeless-from-Haiti-earthquake-thousands-fight-forced-evictions