Friday, June 23, 2017

Death and sickness in Haiti Dominican tent camps

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Haiti Sentinel

ANSE-A-PITRES, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – Repatriated families continue to live in poor conditions in tent camps along the Haiti Dominican Republic border where they say they have received no attention from the Haitian government.

Early border settlement, August 2015The Group to Support Refugees and the Repatriated (GARR) provided information on Wednesday that on Sunday, a 25 year old man living in the camp died after suffering from fever he caught while living in the sub-human conditions. As well, children in the area have been suffering from chronic illnesses caused by bacteria.

The deceased, Jean Marius, lived in a makeshift home covered with straw and made of cardboard, installed on a dusty ground, where he slept on the floor, informed the GARR.

“We are left to ourselves since our return to Haiti. We live in slums, with the full knowledge of the authorities of our country. When it rains, we get wet. This makes us sick. If nothing is done to get us out of here, we will all perish,” complaints of resident in this camp reported GARR.

This camp, denounced  GARR, is capitol to the indifference of the Haitian authorities, who show no willingness to improve the lives of returnees from the Dominican Republic and those who returned voluntarily in various border points of Haiti.

Residents of the Parc Cadeau II are not the only ones dealing with a critical situation in Anse-à-Pitres.

Other inhabitants and residents also face a glaring misery. Tête-à-l’eau, a town of Anse-à-Pitres, where they are forced to defecate in the open air, on the ground and around a water source that is in the zone.

During the month of June 2015, many returnee children living in the Parc Cadeau II and Tête-à-l’eau suffering from conjunctivitis and bacterial ringworm.

The GARR called on the Haitian authorities to focus urgently on the situation of returnees and those who returned voluntarily living in vulnerable conditions in the camps of the town of Anse-a-Pitre.

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