Haiti’s Troubled Refugee Camps

October 25, 2010 | Newsmakers, York College

Some 1.5 million displaced Haitians remain in wretched and hazardous conditions – 20 percent without clean water and 30 percent without any kind of toilet – nearly a year after an earthquake leveled the capital. Mark Schuller, an assistant professor of African American studies and anthropology at York College and a visiting professor at the State University of Haiti, recently released a report, “Unstable Foundations: Impact of NGOs on Human Rights for Port-au-Prince’s Internally Displaced People,” based on a summer of onsite observation. The recent cholera outbreak that killed more than 300 Haitians deaths and hospitalized nearly 5,000, comes as no surprise. “Given the poor health and sanitation on the ground, they were totally unprepared for a cholera outbreak,” Schuller said.
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