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Sixty families forcibly evicted in Haiti, 100 more at risk
Published on December 11, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Around 60 families have been forcibly evicted from their homes in an informal settlement in the area of Titanyen on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti. A further 100 families face a similar threat. Many of them are victims of the January 2010 earthquake who had already been forcibly evicted from their makeshift camp in May 2012.

On the morning of 7 December, a justice of peace (juge de paix) from the municipality of Croix-des-Bouquets accompanied by 17 police officers and a group of men armed with machetes and sticks forcibly evicted the families from the settlement. The residents stated that the justice of the peace did not present an eviction order and that they had no prior notice of the eviction and therefore had no opportunity to appeal against it.

The armed men began to tear down their dwellings without allowing the residents time to collect their belongings. These belongings were then stolen as police fired their weapons in the air in order to intimidate the residents. According to the residents over a dozen people were assaulted, including a woman who is four months pregnant. They were told that the remaining families living on the site (approximately 100) would also be forced off the land.

Most of the families are former residents of a camp for people internally displaced by the earthquake, known as Camp Mozayik, located in the municipality of Delmas of Port-au-Prince, who were forcibly evicted in May 2012. Titanyen where they now live is part of an area commonly known as Canaan, a large tract of land which the then government declared for “public use” (utilité publique) two months after the earthquake in March 2010. Tens of thousands of people who lost their homes in the earthquake have subsequently relocated there, but many face eviction from people claiming ownership of the land.
 
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Shirley Spycalla:

Poor Haitians - deported from the US; deported from the Dominican Republic, and now forcibly evicted from public lands in their own country. Can this be called anything else but Racial Apartheid? If the Haitian government does not have alternate housing for these people to move to, they should be ashamed.
I suspect the displaced persons were indeed given notice of eviction, however where are they to go? And what are these soldiers wielding machetes if not a new and improved 'Ton-ton Macoute'?



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