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The double tragedy of displaced people

In Haiti, more than 5,000 people fled Carrefour-Feuilles, a suburb ravaged by armed groups whose presence forces Haitians to flee their homes. According to the UN, armed gangs have killed more than 2,400 people since the beginning of the year.


Survivors and those who have been driven from their home s by fear and horror have become refugees in their own country. But after seeing family and friends die and losing everything they had, they have to face a new reality: the precariousness of the conditions in which they have been housed.

This has been denounced by the Centre for Analysis and Research on Human Rights (Cardh), which has referred to the precarious conditions of refugees from the violence in Haiti and has asked the government to assist the displaced. The investigators visited five of the hundreds of places that are currently hosting people who have had to flee their homes due to the escalation of violence in the Caribbean country.

Cardh noted that at least 3,000 people are housed in the Carrefour-Feuilles lycée, which is partly abandoned, endangering the lives of the displaced people.

In this situation, the organisation urged the authorities to better coordinate actions on the ground, identify the specific needs of each location, and implement targeted emergency interventions.

Urgent needs include lighting, special health care, psychosocial support, food, hygiene and shelter, according to the institution.

He added that the displaced, including children, the disabled and the elderly, face precarious and undignified living conditions and encouraged the government to implement an emergency economic and social recovery plan to assist people who lost their homes and possessions.

According to official figures, more than 5,000 people escaped from Carrefour-Feuilles, a neighbourhood on the outskirts of the capital, which was ravaged by armed groups.

However, Cardh put the number of internally displaced persons at 10,000 and reported that 31 people were killed, including 13 burned alive and eight disappeared as a result of gang attacks. PL

(Translated by Cristina Popa – Email: Pixabay

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