Three champions for Haiti on Capitol Hill are asking their colleagues to join a letter urging stronger U.S. government support for earthquake survivors living in Haiti’s Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps. Please ask your Representative to sign on.
Living conditions in most of the 1,000 camps still housing 670,000 Haitians remain insufferable, 15 months after the earthquake:
· Women and children living in camps are increasingly more vulnerable to sexual and gender based violence without adequate lighting and security.
· An estimated 165,977 Haitians living in camps are currently threatened with forced eviction, most of them without any other place to live. At least 45 camps housing 44,017 people have already been evicted by landowners.
· An article in The Lancet medical journal predicted as many as 779,000 cases of cholera and 11,000 resultant deaths in Haiti between March 1 and November 30, 2011.
United States Representatives Yvette D. Clarke, Frederica S. Wilson and Donald M. Payne are circulating a sign-on letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton asking the U.S. Administration to urgently and effectively address the enormous challenges that internally displaced Haitians continue to face, especially with the onset of the rainy season.
This letter offers an important opportunity to advance specific policy recommendations to make sure that relief and reconstruction efforts respect the rights of earthquake survivors. The recommendations include more transparency and accountability of assistance directed at displaced persons, better basic services to all IDP camps, and improved local participation, particularly that of camp residents themselves.
Please ask your Representative to sign the letter and help Haitians.