Oxfam comments on Haiti government announcement of new camps for displaced people

By Oxfam

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Rick Bauer, shelter expert from international aid agency Oxfam, said:

"The goal is to get people back into safe homes as soon as possible. While it’s easier to provide water, latrines, food and shelter in an organized camp than in the myriad vacant lots and churchyards where people have taken refuge, we can’t lose sight of the need for permanent housing.

“Three things will be needed to make these temporary camps work. First, no one should be obliged to move there; the choice must be voluntary. Second, the camps must be a real safe haven, with basic public services for all residents, including access to jobs, shops and school. Finally, there must be a clear exit strategy. The camps must not become warehouses of people waiting for permanent homes that never materialize.”

Notes to editors
Oxfam staff in Port-au-Prince are available for interviews.

Broadcast quality video of Oxfam water distribution at Petionville Club, Port-au-Prince filmed Friday, January 22nd available at: http://drop.io/haitivideo/media

Oxfam America has raised more than $9.6 million dollars since the earthquake. For more information on fundraising, contact Helen DaSilva at +1 617 331 2984 or [email protected].

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