Sunday, May 16, 2010

"Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement by the U.N. Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Those principles include the following (excerpted):

National authorities have the primary duty and responsibility to provide protection and humanitarian assistance to internally displaced persons;

All internally displaced persons have the right to an adequate standard of living;

Authorities shall provide internally displaced persons with food and potable water, basic shelter and clothing; essential medical services and sanitation;

Authorities concerned shall ensure [that] displaced children receive education which shall be free.

From the camp where he now lives, this time in the Champs de Mars park beside the decimated National Palace, Getro Nelio said, "I've been abandoned without any help. The Haitian state isn't doing anything for anyone. I have nothing. I just sit here with my two arms crossed."

excerpt from an op-ed piece on truth out dot com by Beverly Bell.

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