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One Month Later, Haiti Quake Survivors Report Need For Protection From Crime, Rainy Season
Date:2/12/2010

ut most importantly, with the communities themselves. During this period of acute vulnerability, protection forces must maintain high visibility throughout the city to protect people against potential crime.  

"One camp we spoke to has resorted to providing its own security," said Sooma. "Others said they feel incredibly unsafe as they effectively sleep on the street, exposed to theft, violence and attack. Some respondents asked for protective fencing around camps, even more asked for police protection."

To help protect and care for children in camps, World Vision has established safe places for children to play and learn in six camps across the capital and will open 16 more in the coming weeks. The agency is also distributing shelter supplies to thousands of people in camps and has helped more than half a million people with food and other emergency assistance.

World Vision aid workers are available for interviews from Port-au-Prince.

Notes to editors:

  1. Of the 154 households consulted, 114 were in sizeable camps, 30 households were living outside their own homes and 10 households were in spontaneous camps.
  2. Overall, the households contained 632 children, including 167 under 5 and 939 reported separated children.
  3. There was an average of nine people per household, ranging from 1 to 40 members.
  4. Seventy-five households out of 154 said children were the most vulnerable in their community. Reasons for vulnerability include: insecurity, "evil forces," infection and sickness, rain, mist, sleeping outside in the wet, alone, separated from parents, children cannot run when people are fig
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