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7-hour Walkthrough of Kafou Fey Camps

May 28, 2010

Fort Mercredi Camp

This past Monday ORAC took a trip with several organizations to visit the camps and committees throughout Carrefour Feuilles.  After our initial assessment we identified about 25,000 people who were not receiving any services.  Monday, we went to see them with company…we had IOM, ACTED, and IRC with us on this 7-hour journey visiting camps and Kafou Fey ( en Kreyol).  Everyone was shocked with the conditions of Carrefour Feuilles, even me.  It has been a while since I took a trek through the overpopulated area and the one thing that I noticed, that we all noticed, is the fact that this area is severely overpopulated.  It took an hour and a half just to get down one street (via car).  The hills are destroyed and cleanup in this area will be a serious issue to come.  How can you clean up when you have an area that is cement on top of cement and people on top of people?  What do you do about the camps in the area?  Where do people go? To other camps like Koray?  What happens with landowners?  Those homes edging towards the top of the mountain, do they remain there?  And in all honesty, will Kafou Fey fall through the cracks and look this way forever?  I’m not sure who has the answers…its quite overwhelming.

Here are some photos from our walk through.

how do you tackle reconstruction in areas like this?

This is home to someone right now...

This camp sits on top of a grave of 35 bodies, where the community buried those who perished in the earthquake. They complained about the rains and fear the rains washing away the dirt where the dead lie just beneath their temporary shelter.

Another camp in Carrefour Feuilles...

Beautiful children coming from school at another camp in Kafou Fey that have been provided services by Concern...

The last question I want to leave you with is this…if we look at the history of neglect for the people in Haiti, especially in places like Kafou Fey, what can we expect from the future?  How can we facilitate change?  How can the community take charge after being pushed into dependency?  And what can you or I do to really make something happen?  I’m doing my part but I know that it will take more…

In Solidarity

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Chris Crider permalink
    May 28, 2010 3:12 am

    Well written and captures what we saw on our first trip. We saw the tents (camps) from a distance. Our first trip was more of a recon trip. We did come with cargo container of food and clothing but had problems getting it released. We our returning in a few weeks to finish our first mission. The traffic is ridiculous. It takes so long just to get from one office to the next. The destruction seems to be just part of the city landscape…. I may be wrong, it’s just my first impression. Without the proper machinery to remove fallen buildings, we saw crews doing it by hand. We didn’t go into the tent camps on our first trip so thanks for sharing what it’s like. Were planning many trips in the future to help in any way we can. I enjoyed the people so much! I saw faith and courage everywhere. We came as servants and everywhere we stopped ended up getting served by smiling gracious faces. It seems as if a revival is taking place in Haiti. Our prayers continue to lift up. God bless you and the work your doing.

    Chris Crider

  2. May 28, 2010 2:15 pm

    Not sure about all that, but I ‘ve always realized that most Haitians who live in U.S. who write stories on Haiti always lean on the same direction with those U.S. media. They seem to go to Haiti and look for and speak on subjects that do not make sense or no value in order to help the country, but rather write on subjects that will get people in the U.S. to like them.

    • May 28, 2010 2:40 pm

      Dear Jean Pe,

      I do my part on the community level and support local Haitian people and organizations, which I have been doing for several years now. I’m not quite clear on what you are referring to in your comment, but thank you for reading and contributing to the dialog.

      Thank you for your work as well Chris…I’m home and proud of it.

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