IOM welcomes Swedish funding to protect Haiti camp dwellers

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A $2 million donation from Sweden will be used to protect people in Haiti who are living in camps nearly four years after a devastating earthquake, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported on Friday.

The funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency will boost protection for residents in camps facing eviction, with high rates of crime and sexual and gender-based violence.

That's according to IOM spokesperson Jumbe Omari Jumbe who described it as "a shot in the arm" for the agency.

"The most vulnerable beneficiaries will be identified and provided with a relocation grant  as well as relocation support and specialized services according to their protection needs. An estimated 2,000 individuals, including unaccompanied minors, survivors and victims of sexual and gender-based violence, abandoned elderly, and single heads of household will receive assistance through this new funding."

IOM says nearly 300,000 Haitians remain in camps since the January 2010 earthquake which killed approximately 200,000 people.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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