In Haiti's Tent Cities, Rape A Worsening Problem

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Since Haiti's earthquake earlier this year, thousands of Haitians continue to live in tent cities, which tend to be small, crowded and offer little privacy. As a result, many women have reported being victims of sexual assault or rape. Rape has always been a problem in Haiti, a country where the act was only truly criminalized in 2005, but the breakdown of social structures since the earthquake has worsened the problem.

We talk with Pooja Bhatia, a correspondent for the Institute of Current World Affairs, who has been reporting on the prevalence of rape from Port-au-Prince. We also talk with Beverly Bell, who just returned from a two-month trip to Haiti. She is the program coordinator for Other Worlds, an economic justice network.

Guests:

Beverly Bell and Pooja Bhatia

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja

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