Women and young girls live in constant fear in Haiti’s squalid refugee camps where hundreds of them have fallen victim to rape. In most cases, the perpetrators walk away scot-free.
Life is dreadful for women and young girls living in Haiti’s sprawling refugee camps, which are home to at least two million earthquake survivors.
“The situation in the camps is really bad. Sexual assaults are a daily occurrence,” says Yolande Bazelais, vice president of FAVILEK (Fanm victim levé kanpé, or Rape Victims, Rise to Take Action), an aid organisation for rape victims. Founded in 1994, the association has 850 members in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince.
The never-ending fight against cholera in Haiti's slums
At crossing points between "clean" and "dirty" zones, everyone must disinfect the soles of their shoes and wash their hands in chlorine solutions, to prevent bacterial contamination. (Photo: Gaëlle Le Roux)
Bianca, 18 months, and her mother are both infected with cholera. They've been hospitalized for the last three days. (Photo: Gaëlle Le Roux)
The Mango Zone is a poorer part of the already poverty-stricken Cité Soleil slum. Thick black streams of waste cover the ground and flow into the sea, close by. (Photo: Gaëlle Le Roux)
The slum's women and young girls fill their buckets from a common water tank, replenished several times a week by the public water service truck. (Photo : Gaëlle Le Roux)
Health procedures are known but not always followed. This food stall vendor says she will place a bucket of treated water for her clients, but she has neither purifying tablets nor chlorine solution. (Photo : Gaëlle Le Roux)
Date created : 2011-01-12