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Hundreds of families left homeless in new wave of evictions

The Haitian authorities must urgently move to prevent illegal and violent evictions of people living in make shift camps and take meaningful steps to provide them with appropriate housing, said Amnesty International , after a new wave of evictions affected hundreds of families across Port-au-Prince.

Many of the 350,000 people still living in makeshift camps following the 2010 earthquake are also at risk.

On 22 January, police officers violently evicted 84 families from camp Fanm Koperativ, in the municipality of Port-au-Prince.

According to information gathered by Amnesty International, families were not given any notice of the eviction and were forced out of their make-shift tents by the police accompanied by a group of men armed with machetes and hammers.

Suze Mondesir, a member of the camp committee, recounted their ordeal: “Around 10am a group of police officers accompanied by men armed with machetes and knives arrived at the camp. They insulted us and began to demolish our tents. The men pushed us around and the police waved their guns at us to prevent us from reacting.”

A few days before the eviction, residents had organized a press conference to denounce the lack of response from the authorities regarding their situation. Residents believe that the expulsion might have happened as a reprisal to that.

Women have been particularly affected by the eviction as they have not only lost their homes and belongings but also their small business initiatives. Cléane Etienne, a resident from Camp Fanm Koperatif said: “They kicked over the pot of coffee which I was going to sell. That was my livelihood. Now I need money to start over.”

Another woman said: “Not only did we lose our belongings but we also had to buy wood and tarpaulins to rebuild our shelters, because we have nowhere else to go.”

“Evicting people living in make-shift camps inflicts yet more trauma on people who have already lost everything in the earthquake. By not even allowing them time to gather their things and by leaving them out on the street,, the authorities are denying earthquake victims their dignity ” said Javier Zúñiga, Special Advisor at Amnesty International.

Earlier in the month, on 12 January – the third anniversary of Haiti’s devastating earthquake – municipal officials and officials from the Civil Protection Agency forcibly evicted around 600 families from Camp Place Sainte-Anne, also in the municipality of Port-au-Prince.

The camp’s residents were informed of the eviction only five days in advance and were promised 20,000 gourdes (approximately US$480) per family. However, according to the local organization Groupe d’Appui aux Refugiés et Repatriés, 250 families have yet to receive the money. On the day of the eviction, none of the families were given enough time to gather their belongings before their shelters were destroyed.

Carnise Delbrun, a member of the camp committee in Camp Place Sainte-Anne said: “We saw municipal officials firing in the air, throwing stones so we would leave, the police came later to back them up. Four people were hurt including a one year-old baby and a five year-old child who were injured by a plank of wood when the municipal officials were destroying their tent. Other residents were hit by stones and a lot of us lost money, mobile phones and other personal effects.”

“Forcing people out of camps must be avoided at all costs, and there must be genuine consultation and the provision of adequate alternative housing before any eviction takes place.” said Javier Zúñiga, “The Haitian authorities must prioritize the housing needs of those people still living in dire conditions in displacement camps three years after the earthquake,” he added.

On 12 January 2010, a devastating earthquake in Haiti left 200,000 dead and 2.3 million people homeless. Three years on, it is estimated that more than 350,000 people are currently living in 496 camps across the country.
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Works Cited : Amnesty International

Humanitarian Action Plan For Haiti 2013

The United Nations Office for coordinated Humanitarian Affairs put together this action plan, it covers some of the issues and touches on the crippling effects of the food crisis that paralyzes so many we care for in Haiti. …read on for your self…. perhaps the report will inspire you to come along side in some capacity.

Humanitarian action in Haiti over the last three years has helped improve the lives of over 1.5 million Haitians.  Almost three years after the devastating earthquake in 2010 that cost the lives of 217,300 people and left 2.1 million homeless, humanitarian action has accomplished significant tangible results.  From 2010 to 2012, humanitarian actors ensured adequate services to the 1.5 million displaced after the earthquake and helped return or relocate 77% of these people out of camps.  The number of people newly affected by the cholera epidemic has been considerably reduced and mortality rates lowered to 1.2%.  National capacities to prepare for and respond to future emergencies have also been strengthened.

Despite these improvements, significant humanitarian needs remain that require a sustained humanitarian engagement.  Despite the progress made in the last years, Haiti is still confronted with a number of critical needs that national capacities alone cannot resolve.  Of particular concern is the deteriorating food security situation affecting at least 2.1 million people which risks evolving into a nutritional crisis if no preventive interventions are carried out.  Today, 81,600 children under five are acutely malnourished; 20,000 of these suffer severe acute malnutrition and are nine times more likely to die than healthy children.  Among internally displaced people, 358,000 remain in camps facing deteriorating living conditions and increased vulnerability to protection incidents.  They are in urgent need of return solutions.  There are recurring localized peaks of cholera whilst reduced prevention and curative capacities endanger the country’s ability to ensure adequate responses.  Large segments of the population face continuous vulnerability due to their limited capacity to withstand external shocks, particularly those related to the natural disasters.

Humanitarian funding and capacities have been reduced drastically in the last year whilst national capacities remain fragile.  Despite the needs outlined above, the funding gap is widening.  From the US$1.1 billion received in the aftermath of the earthquake, humanitarian funding for 2012 decreased to $62 million, which is only 42% of the humanitarian requirements identified.[1]  Whilst increased efforts are being made to use available reconstructions and development funds to meet residual humanitarian needs, significant gaps remain requiring prompt action on the basis of humanitarian principles.

The costs of a premature disengagement are too high and endanger the hard-won gains attained so far.  The dramatic decline in humanitarian funding puts at risk the important gains achieved to date and the mechanisms established to respond to existing needs and potential new ones.  These risks include a possible nutritional crisis if food insecurity is not addressed; a resurgence in the number of victims of cholera and an increase in mortality rates; a deterioration in the living conditions of people in camps; an increase in the incidence of water-borne diseases such as typhoid and diphtheria; and a surge in the number of people affected by old and new disasters.

Humanitarian assistance is still needed to capitalize on recent progress and act as a safety net in the event of future shocks.  The recent storms Isaac and Sandy highlighted the fragility of national emergency response capacities and the continuous need for international support to respond to new crises.  A concerted effort to capitalize on the work deployed to date is needed to meet the needs of the most vulnerable and help the government build its capacities to respond to future emergencies.

The Humanitarian Action Plan 2013 aims to assist one million people identified as the most vulnerable.  $144 million in international assistance is required to support the implementation of the plan.  A significant new element in the HAP is the major focus on addressing food insecurity (34% of total funding sought).  Unlike previous CAPs, the HAP only focuses on critical priorities and does not include all sectors of intervention.

Sources Cited : OCHA

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To see how much of the resources needed to implement this action plan have been achieved click here for full disclosure

The Real Heros
 In honor of the 3rd year anniversary of the 2010 Earth Quake – By Steph Limage
i took this photo in 2010…this was the area that was hit hardest by the 2010 Earthquake an area called Fort National. all this flat area you see in the photo is a non intentional mass grave..there was simply no where to deal with the horrors so they were dealt with the best they could be onsite . there once stood housing here which now turned to dust and rubble piled on top again and again..everything was levelled including the people who dwelled inside..never to be seen alive this area my friend Sunny and his crew from the neighbourhood ( just a crew of local men who saw a need to take care of the dead as there was no one there to help) dug out the bodies, threw them in piles and burned them….
this is Sunny in the photo with me , after the quake in 2010, my friend Jr from the NY Times/CNN i was traveling with took it…he and i were collecting facts, documenting, and falling down the rabbit hole..thus my journey began..
hundreds  people died in this place..consisting of neighbours and friends that Sunny burned ..can you picture having to do that? having to burn your neighbours bodies?
we do not  have their names written on a special wall to remember them because no one knew who they were except people who saw the simplicty of their excistance and survival here on earth..people like Sunny who would have seen them playing with their kids..fetching a bucket of water or cooking some rice.
some had no ID..they are the poor of the world…and we view them as disposable..burnable ..garbage..
sadly Sunny was not alone..this was the case all over Haiti..a very sad moment in history for Haiti.
the smell of decaying people being burned is the worst smell to smell… the hardest thing for me to get over took me 5 months just to recover from being in a place like this..seeing that death..smelling it..standing on the ashes..wiping the ash of my boots…the waste of life..the in-justice can drive you mad .wiping the dust on my boots..but it was people..
people that were never counted in the “grand totals” of the death tolls…such a loss of life..such a sad sad day today for so many people..the post traumatic stress and aftereffects a real survivor goes through, a haitian who has no resources, no family, no programmes to turn to..that is the real who knows hunger, one who suffers daily in the heat, dirt and filth baking under pieces of old tin and plastic fitted together with sticks
Image..the one who now because an earthquake took the only thing they had..(a home) left to a life of extreme poverty and homelessness that pushes them to prostitute them selves to get a bag a spaghetti to feed the hungry people they share a dwelling with
these survivors are my real heros, the poor, the forgotten …you are stronger and more durable than any humans i have ever encountered and for that owe you the highest respect and honour. those who are still recovering from this horrible event, those who are hanging on to hope & there everyday fighting the fight.
Here is a quote the president said today

“Twa lane apre tè a te tranble 12 janvye 2010, pi bon omaj nou ka rann viktim yo se kole zepòl pou nou konstwi yon pi bon peyi pou timoun yo” President Michel Martelly Haiti

I will leave you with that…


here is an uplifting song about survival my husband wrote & produced in haiti called “the fight of my life”. My husband is another hero to me, another survivor and a major inspiration to me.

an instrument inside – by david limage aka mikelab

Every single person has in instrument inside them, for those who are lucky enough to have someone in their life to help them grow and see them grow as a person and use that instrument to benefit others or for something good in life.

But for those who don’t have that luck ,that one person to help them watch them growing as a person ..they might never know what kind of talent they have or the purpose of their mission here on earth.


There’s a lot of kids that didn’t have the chance to grow up with their parents but ended up being with a family member that can take care of them or guide them in life show them how to be a person in society.

if they don’t have that family member the government might give them opportunity to go to school to learn and be what ever they want to be through giving them access to student loans, grants and scholarships..that is in first world schools.

In the first world countries they teach the kids in school that they can be what ever they want to be and have what ever they want to have…..and that’s amazing to teach them at a very young age to dream and realize that dream,what a wonderful thing knowing that you can accomplish your dreams in life.

But at the same time there’s some places we call the third world countries (like haiti where i am from) where grown up people some times dont know what they are going to do to make it in life .

Now imagine for a kid that has no body and doesn’t know who  his or her  family is …or where he or she is from.

The only thing that kid might know is that he or she has been dropped in an orphanage & has no memory of how he or she ended up being in the street,that’s bad ,it’s bad growing up with no identity , and to not know where you came from …who is your family ….growing in a country where the government doesn’t care about you as a kid ..they don’t have a plan to help you have an education and be a good person in life,they just don’t care .

theses kids here in haiti have no idea how to dream,when they try to they think it might never come to reality..i know this because i am the same way…the only thing they know is how to survive , for them surviving is to do what ever is possible to have some food to eat or have a place to sleep…

it happens some times… some one might tell them( the street kids) they want to help them put them in school and take care of them, and then the kids ..they are very excited about it , seeing a lots of kids their age going to school with their parents and them..well they are in the streets every day with no clothes doing their best to have something to eat & in  their head they’re asking “does God think this about me?am I his son like theses other kids?why am I in the streets ?why  can’t have some one to look after me?why  can’t I have some one to give me a hug when I’m sad? Why?”…. And that “why ” sometimes makes them angry, some of them when they are angry they become violent.

and for the ones who decided to go with some random person they don’t know ,thinking that life will be better for them and they will have the chance to go to school learn how to read and be a person with a bright future…

but it turns out that a lot of people reach out to theses kids   with  the objective to use them as slaves (kids slavery) 7 -8 year old kids lifting up big bokits of water on their head walking kilometers to take care of that persons house.

they don’t send them to school like they promise and they end up doing hard labor work at a very young age,when they start understanding that they have been lied to they are going to run away and get back in the street again which is very bad cause we know how the organ trafficking is in Haiti especially with little kids that have no voice body to look after them … no government to make plans for them. Each one of them has an instrument inside them & in my opinion I know that everybody needs a mentor to show them how to do things in life , like Jesus did with the disciples after showing them how to reach out to people how to make miracles, these kids need a voice, they want to be able to dream they want some one to tell them when you want something in life you can have by doing the good and right thing in life.

That’s what my wife and I want to do cause I know how it is and how it feels being on your own  at a young age with no supports it might take years to take that sadness out of you we need your help this is not something that David and Steph can do alone they need your support they need your love a bit of love can make a lot of difference , show them that God loves them and is using people from other countries to help them,to help them have a place to sleep , have food to eat everyday , have the right to go to school and be able to dream and make their dreams come true like you learned at school.

God blesses those who help the poor and the orphans cause they mean a lot in his eyes. Lets take action Let us be their hero . Help us get our shelter going, please , just do what you can but do it with your heart .


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