In the early hours [2am] of Thursday 24th the Haitian Nationale Police [PNH] invaded Caradeux, a large camp near Tabarre in Port-au-Prince, with the intention of evicting all 3,000 familie. They were accompanied by the UN occupying force, MINUSTAH who surrounded the camp with tanks, The Organisation of International Migration [OIM] and Keke Belizaire, the man responsible for program 16/6 were also present. Program 16/6 was established by President Martelly in 2011 to forceably dismantle the post earthquake camps by offering residents $500 to move. Much of 16/6 was funded by the Canadian government however apart from paying off residents to move the second part of 16/6, rebuilding 16 ‘slum’ neighbourhoods never happened. Camp residents simply moved to other camps or to live with family or rent for a short period after which they have either become homeless once again or moved to other camps.
Again the question where is the money,[ $12 billion was promised] is being asked. No alternative accommodation or support has been given to thousands of camp residents evicted over the past 15 months.
Following the attempted evictions in the early hours of Thursday, camp residents organized a protest later in the day. They were met with tear gas, batons and bullets, leaving many people injured and in distress. It is not yet clear what role the IOM played in the eviction process but for sure they did nothing to help the residents. CHAL members were present during the police raid giving support to residents, acting as witnesses to the eviction and documenting resident’s stories.
Photos by Serge Supre and documentation by Perrin Mackendy both of CHAL AND Association des Journaliste Free Lance Tête Ensemble
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