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Haiti: 200 Survivors Disabled In Earthquake Still In Shelters

About 200 disabled survivors from the 2010 earthquake still live at Lapis, a shelter in Delmas, Port-au-Prince, under deplorable conditions, according to Le Nouvelliste.

The disabled survivors moved to the shelters the day after the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake left them homeless.

Eleven years later, parts of the shelter are covered in blue plastic sheets meant to prevent water from entering the homes when it rains. 

Residents live in subhuman sanitary conditions. About 20 children occasionally run around on the dust in front of the shelters. The disabled are often targets of criminals, and thugs burned down at least 18 homes in the area in May 2020. 

“Nobody thinks of us here. I can not stand it anymore. I don’t live anymore,” said Télémaque Altesse, a one-handed man, with tears rolling down his face.

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