Haiti: the next step?

Cité Maxo is one of 1,300 known spontaneous camps where 1.5 million people await, in the UN's term, "shelter solutions". What were intended to be temporary settlements are in many cases morphing into semi-permanent slums.

In other cases they are on the verge of being forcefully uprooted. About 65% of the camps are on private land. Since March landlords have started demanding their property back.

"A truck with masked men came last week and told us to leave," said Touren Jackson, 23, a resident of Cap y Verte, a camp of 8,000 people in Cité Soleil. "They said next time they come they'll act up," he added, imitating a gun with his hand.

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