Haití: hurricanes season half a year after the earthquake
Entreculturas and our local partners in the field, Fe y Alegría Haití and the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) keep on accompanying the victims. According to JRS América Latina y Caribe, the life of Haitian people has became more difficult lately. Even after the announcement of the government to relocate the displaced people from the camps, there is no clear strategy for the future. "Residents are threatened all the time from the owners of the lands, who even cut them basic services like water. The population, abandoned to their destiny, is waiting to be relocated and for the basic needs", JRS announced.
There are two subjects for more concern: sexual abuse and young prostitution. Residents complain about the situation that a lot of women in the island are living, suffering sexual abuse and being forced to become prostitutes in order to help their families.
Since January, JRS Haití has suplied emergency help and psycho-social services, together with the religious services, in seven camps near the capital city, Port-au-Prince, helping 21.000 displaced people. JRS is official manager of three camps, in which has worked with a participative point of view, in order to let all the voices to be heard and make sure that vulnerable people receive the attention they need. Staff from JRS is also teaching in managing and supporting the coordination committee in the camps of Automeca.
Fe y Alegría Haití also keep on working. Tasks as accompanying the leaders of the different committees, as well as the increase of internal strength in the camps are the most important goals, to allow local people to be the one to charge with the rebuilding of the country. According to this, we have to mention that there is a growing concern inside the camps because of the lack of food and the spoiling of the tents, especially with the arrival of the hurricanes and raining season.
In this video produced by Groupe Medialternatif (a group of Haitian journalist) you can see which is the situation in Haiti.
During the last decades Haiti has seen how its external debts increased until 890 million dollars, especially to the International Monetary Fund and to the Inter-American Development Bank. The Spanish government has condoned his debt for Haiti. The IMF has condoned 268 million dolars (more than 200 millons of Euros) and has said that this measure obeys to a integral strategy to help the country to overcome the effects of the earthquake that took place last January. The Spanish State, has condoned 27,6 million Euros to the island.