Monday, September 26, 2011

ARTICLE - JACMEL - 1,500 LEAVE CAMPS

1,500 VICTIMS IN JACMEL FINALLY LEAVE THE HELL OF THE CAMPS
(Haiti Libre) -

Closing the top three camps in Jacmel: Toussaint Louverture, Wolf and Pinchinat; was the main objective of this project, which was to build in the town of Mayard, 335 permanent homes to house about 1,500 people.

Designed to accommodate a family of five members, these houses with metal roofs are supported by a steel frame resting on a concrete base. Newly installed, the new tenants of Mayard are organizing themselves to bring life in the city. They have a cinema, a supply shop supply, workshops of art and space dedicated for their leisure. After each relocation, the empty shelters are dismantled to prevent the installation of new families into the camps.

Last week, Viergela Fran├žois the Deputy Mayor of Jacmel, Nigel Fisher, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator, Luca Dall’Oglio Chief of Mission of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Haiti and Jean Marie Ntayomba, Head of Regional Office of Minustah visited the new site....

"I am very satisfied with the work done to improve the living conditions of people, but I will be more satisfied when all people living under tents will be rehoused" declared Fisher.

"IOM will continue to provide support to local authorities and especially to the affected populations," promised Mr. Dall'Oglio. Moreover. He announced plans to seek additional funding to build more decent housing and to meet other pending requests.

For his part, Viergela Francis, the Deputy Mayor of Jacmel plans to declare for public use "all vacant land", to allow for more construction.

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