Building Walls, Tearing down Tents: Applied Research in Haiti's IDP camps
from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Twenty months after Haiti’s devastating earthquake, an estimated 600,000 still live under tents or tarps as Internally Displaced People (IDP). IDPs have become increasingly targeted for eviction as conditions deteriorate: in the summer of 2011, contracts for life-saving services such as water or toilets began to expire. IDPs have become living symbols of the frustrations and failures of the recovery effort. They have become a hot-button political issue within Haiti’s government, the United Nations, and international donor agencies, NGOs, and media.
Despite increasingly disparaging accounts wherein IDPs are declared “not real victims,” very little about life in the camps – and the impact of the aid – is known. Shedding light on this increasingly critical issue, York College faculty and students teamed up with their peers from the State University of Haiti in conducting long-term fieldwork in eight IDP camps during June-July 2011. The methods, experiences, challenges, and results from a 56-question survey of 800 people will be revealed to the public at this event.