Eviction fears haunt Haiti camp after arson, death

Associated Press
In this April 24, 2013 photo, Darlin Lexima speaks on the phone as he walks through Camp Acra in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  Lexima, 21, who lives in the camp for people displaced by the 2010 earthquake, was arrested by police early April 15 when he was walking home from a disco club as police were responding to residents protesting an earlier raid by an unidentified band of motorcyclist who set fire to their homes. In the few weeks since the mid-April confrontation, it has become an instant symbol for what many say is the growing use of threats and sometimes outright violence to clear out sprawling displaced person camps, where some 320,000 people still live.  (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Rights groups and other activists say there is a growing use of threats and sometimes outright violence in Haiti to clear out sprawling camps that are home to some 320,000 people still homeless since the country's 2010 earthquake.

A standoff at one camp last month has become a symbol of the problem for many people. It set off a chain of events that left several shelters burned and a camp resident dead.

The confrontation occurred a little more than a week before the human rights group Amnesty International issued a report on the jump of camp evictions seen in Haiti this year.

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