Haiti: Earthquakes - Jan 2010
The earthquake that hit Haiti on 12 Jan 2010 affected almost 3.5 million people, including the entire population of 2.8 million people living in the capital, Port-au- Prince. The Government of Haiti estimates that the earthquake killed 222,570 and injured another 300,572 people. Displacement peaked at close to 2.3 million people, including 302,000 children. At least 188,383 houses were badly damaged and 105,000 were destroyed by the earthquake. Sixty per cent of Government and administrative buildings, 80 per cent of schools in Port-au-Prince and 60 per cent of schools in the South and West Departments were destroyed or damaged. Total earthquake-related loss is estimated at $7.8 billion, equivalent to more than 120 per cent of Haiti’s 2009 gross domestic product. (UN General Assembly, 2 Sep 2011)
According to the Humanitarian Action Plan for Haiti 2014 an estimated 172,000 people remained internally displaced in Haiti in 306 camps at the end of 2013, almost four years after the earthquake. Basic services in camps, including WASH and health, had declined faster than the pace of return or relocation of the displaced. 16,377 displaced families living in 52 camps were considered at high risk of forced evictions. Almost 80,000 people lived in 67 camps considered to be at particularly high risk of flooding, with an additional 30 camps at additional environmental risks.
By mid-2014, an estimated 104,000 people remained internally displaced in 172 camps. Almost 70,000 IDPs were not currently targeted by any return or relocation programs. (OCHA, 31 Jul 2014) By Sep, 85,432 people remained internally displaced in 123 camps. (IOM, 8 Oct 2014)
Six months have passed since the earthquake hit the Haitian capital on January 12, but the situation on the ground remains very complicated. Beyond the tragic death toll and numerous wounded that caught the focus of the initial attention, new concerns emerged shortly thereafter: one such being the faith of all the affected population.
Following the emergency mission that AMI (International Medical Assistance) has been developing in Haiti since 14th January 2010 and the health assistance that has been providing to the beneficiaries of Parc Colofer, the NGO is coordinating, in collaboration with the Jesuite Refugee Service, 3 displaced camps in Port-au-Prince since March, namely Parc Colofer, Palais d'Art and Henfrasa in Delmas 33.
Henfrasa has 693 families living in the Camp with a total of approximately 7410 people, Palais de l'Art has around 1350 people living in the Camp (270 families) and in Parc Colofer, …