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WNU #1080: Homeless Haitians Face Evictions as Aid Falls Short
by Weekly News Update (weeklynewsupdate [at]
Tuesday May 17th, 2011 9:31 AM
While little is being done for Haiti’s displaced population, one US charitable organization is addressing what it calls a “critical shortage of hotel space that meets even the most basic standards for business travelers.”
Weekly News Update on the Americas
Issue #1080, May 15, 2011

1. Haiti: Aid Falls Short, and the Homeless Face Evictions
2. Haiti: New President Inaugurated in the Dark
3. Honduras: Violence Continues Against Activists and the Media
4. Mexico: Government Accused of GMO Violations
5. Links to alternative sources on: Latin America, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Cuba

ISSN#: 1084 922X. Weekly News Update on the Americas covers news from Latin America and the Caribbean, compiled and written from a progressive perspective. It has been published weekly by the Nicaragua Solidarity Network of Greater New York since 1990. For a subscription, write to weeklynewsupdate [at] It is archived at

*1. Haiti: Aid Falls Short, and the Homeless Face Evictions
As of May 12 a group of Haitians left homeless by a massive January 2010 earthquake were facing possible expulsion from their displaced persons’ camp at the Palais de l’Art, in Delmas 33 in the northeast of Port-au-Prince. A lawyer for the property’s owner said he was asking the Interior Ministry to remove the camp residents within eight days. The residents reported that the owner had already started harassing them: on May 9 they found the doors to the toilets locked, and on May 10 the front gate was locked, trapping them in the camp. More than 150 families have been living at the site, according to the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS).

The intergovernmental International Organization for Migration (IOM, OIM in French and Creole) reported in April that some 234,000 people have been removed since June 2010 from 247 of the more than 1,000 improvised camps that formed after the earthquake. [...]

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