UN Changes Plans, Will Only Relocate 9,000 Before Rains
|Friday, 02 April 2010 08:05|
Until recently, the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) had been saying that 218,000 people living in so-called red sites around the capital Port-au-Prince would have to move.
Since many Haitians are wary of moving farther away from employment opportunities, the relocation plan involves an incentive; three months food supply, a hygiene kit, a tarp, and one months salary on a cash-for-work basis.
The AFP article also notes that one reason why there has not been a significant relocation already is because the Haitian government has been lobbying the international community to buy the needed lands for the new camps. AFP, describing what Muscroft had told them, categorized the request as "unrealistic". However, given the giant budget shortfalls the Haitian government is facing (they are requesting an urgent $350 million in direct budget support), it is unlikely that they would be able to purchase large private lots of land without the international community.
For some videos showing the conditions in the current IDP camps, click here, here, or here.