Rape risk on rise in Haiti refugee camps: Amnesty

January 6th, 2011 - 12:59 pm ICT by ANI  

Port-au-Prince (Haiti), Jan.6 (ANI): Women and girls who survived the earthquake in Haiti almost a year ago are facing an increasing risk of rape and sexual violence, according to Amnesty International.More than one million people are still living in makeshift camps in the capital Port-au-Prince following the earthquake on January 11 last year, which left 230,000 people dead and another 300,000 injured.

Those responsible for the attacks are mainly armed men who roam the camps after dark, Sky News quoted the Amnesty report, as saying.

More than 250 cases of rape in several camps were reported in the first 150 days after January’s earthquake and, one year on, rape victims continue to arrive at the office of a local women’s support group almost every other day.

Almost a year on, women and children remain vulnerable

Some of the women were blindfolded and raped in front of their children by a gang of men who forced their way into their shelter. (ANI)

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