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Women and Girls in Haiti Refugee Camps Face Risk of Rape

by Savitha C Muppala on January 8, 2011 at 10:11 AM
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Women and Girls in Haiti Refugee Camps Face Risk of Rape

Women and girls who battled the odds during the earthquake in Haiti and survived, are now troubled by sexual violence and rape, 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.

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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.

Source: ANI
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