Urgent needs remain to end Haiti’s displacement crisis:IOM

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IOM worker in Haiti

Newly published reports on the number of displaced persons remaining in camps show that almost 360,000 Haitians are still living in 496 sites throughout the country.

The IOM Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) registration analysis for 2012, produced by IOM, Haiti and its partners, shows that between January and August 2012, at least 84% of the population living in camps in 2012 were already there in 2010, which confirms that, most probably, they have been living at these sites since the January 2010 earthquake.

IOM needs an extra US$6 million to help the families relocate, as well as the host communities where they will be returning," explained Gregoire Goodstein, IOM Chief of Mission in Haiti.

He said "Since mid-2011, the majority of organizations providing essential services in camps, including water and sanitation, health care and security exhausted their funds and were forced to leave. And so to ensure that these very basic services continue in the remaining camps, IOM is urging its donors to continue their support."

Goodstein said "The international community must not abandon Haiti now". This is Donn Bobb reporting

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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