Communication Drive Targeting Homeless Set to Begin in Haiti

The United Nations and Haitian government are gearing up for a massive public awareness drive in Port-au-Prince to encourage people displaced by the Jan. 12 earthquake to register and be relocated if needed before the rainy season arrives in April, the Washington Post reports.

“We are trying to create activities with music from loudspeakers so people will rally around and we can explain to them the importance of being registered,” Kristen Knutson of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs told the Washington Post. “We have also had some comic books drawn up with the same message, and we’re circulating those.”

The campaign is also tapping radio, text messages, television news and a TV soap opera to promote the message on the need for people to be relocated in case their houses were deemed not fit for habitation.

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    Eliza Villarino is an associate editor for Devex and leads the company's news team in Manila. She played a critical role in conceptualizing the Development Newswire. Prior to joining Devex in 2004, she has already published articles and news briefs for Internet media organizations and for the Institute for Ethics and Economic Policy at Fordham University in New York. She earned her bachelor's in political science and master's in public affairs from the University of the Philippines. Eliza is a member of Mensa Philippines.