Charity Slams UN for Poor Management of Haitian Camps

United Nations agencies running refugee camps in quake-ravaged Haiti are inexperienced and dysfunctional, the U.S.-based charity Refugees International says.

A report by the group finds that Haitians were “still living in a state of emergency, with a humanitarian response that appears paralysed.”

“Living in squalid, overcrowded camps for a prolonged period has led to aggravated levels of violence and appalling standards of living,” the report notes.

It adds: “Despite these alarming conditions, the UN co-ordination system in Haiti is not prioritising activities to protect people’s rights.”

A lack of translators is hampering U.N. police from doing their job, according to the charity.

A U.N. spokeswoman told BBC that the world agency was doing its best but said the extent of the disaster made their job very difficult. 

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    Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.