Louise Williams is currently in Haiti for a Simon Cumbers Media Fund project to document how Haiti’s farmers risk being left out in the reconstruction of the country.
12th September 2010
It’s 8 months to the day today since Haiti was hit by the earthquake. 8 months is a long time to live under canvas, at the mercy of the burning sun and heavy rain, not to mention the lack of security provided by a flimsy tent or tarpaulin.
8 months on, you’d expect planning for the estimated 1.6 million people who’ve been forced out of the homes to be underway. Instead there’s little sign of transitional shelter (wooden frames which can last longer than a year) around the city and even less sign of permanent solution being found in the form of construction of new homes for Haiti’s displaced population.
Camps are looking worn, tents are threadbare but solutions are far away for Haiti’s homeless. Quiet despair prevails.
Louise Williams is reporting from Haiti with the support of Simon Cumbers Media Fund.
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