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    Sep272010

    What is the plan for Haiti's 1.3 million homeless?

    Nine months after the catastrophic earthquake which killed some 300,000 and left 1.3 million homeless, as reports and articles denounce the terrible conditions in Haiti’s 1,354 squalid refugee camps, Haiti Grassroots Watch decided to look into the issue.

    •    Is there a plan resettling the refugees, and if so, what is it?
    •    Who is in charge?
    •    Will it work?

    A dozen interviews, scores of documents and many telephone calls later, Haiti Grassroots Watch discovered there actually does seem to be a plan. However, it is not readily accessible to the media or the Haitian public, it is so far only very loosely coordinated and thus far, is not overseen by any Haitian agency or ministry, making accountability difficult, if not impossible.

    This investigation is comprised of three articles and a sidebar, three videos, a radio documentary and an interview. Content is also available in French. Spanish will be provided soon.

    READ:

    Part 1 - Who is in charge and what is the plan?

    Part 2 – What are the challenges?

    Part 3 – Will it work?

    Sidebar – The "Cluster" system in Haiti

    WATCH:

    Video 1 - What is the plan for Haiti's homeless?

    Video 2 - What is the solution? Who can pull it off?

    Video 3 - A visit to the home of François Delouis in Grand-Goâve


    LISTEN:

    1.) Radio documentary (24 minutes): What is being planned for Haiti's homeless?


    2.) Interview (5 minutes): Bernard Etheart talks about the land ownership issue 


    [To download the audio - go to http://saks.podbean.com/ and look for the relevant podcast.]

     

     

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