And With More Rain on the Way....

This report was sent to us by Bri Kouri Nouvelle Gaye, an alternative media and community mobilization project in Port-au-Prince: After the rain that fell last night in Port-au-Prince and flooded many villages and areas in the country, the official number of dead is 11, but they are still counting. The country is still under great risk because there is a high probability of more rain today or tonight.

We must raise the alarm about the situation of people in the camps. It is clear that the biggest problem in the camps is the question of transitional housing vs. those who do not have them. In the Carradeux Camp where the majority of people have transitional housing, they are not experiencing the sameĀ  kind of destruction as those still under tents. In camps like St Louis Gonzague, Palais de l'Art - those camps without any transitional housing are facing a much more grave danger.

In the same moment, several thousand Haitians are at risk of losing their houses and even their lives, the NGOs and United Nations continue to waste money on nice cars, beautiful houses and lovely hotels; they are not finding sustainable solutions to the problems we face nor are they embracing the solutions we envision. The state of vulnerability in Haiti shows that the NGOs and the UN need to put more focus on building transitional housing and creating a system of potable water that is sustainable.

In this moment too, we see the risk of cholera is skyrocketing. The rainy season is very favorable to the spread of cholera, and the NGOs that have money in their hands are doing almost nothing to reinforce the existing water systems. They focus instead on water distribution which is unsustainable and increases the risks of cholera. In the rural areas, there is no education for the prevention of cholera and many are dying in distant and isolated areas and not entering into official death counts. There is a system of discrimination in the treatment of cholera beause resources are centralized and people in rural areas not only don't receive education or care, when they die they go uncounted.