Haiti’s homeless need tents to sleep on

Days after the 7.0 quake struck Haiti, survivors have nowhere to go but stay on the streets in the absence of a comfortable house to... More Below... Posted by on Jan 26th, 2010 and filed under News.

Days after the 7.0 quake struck Haiti, survivors have nowhere to go but stay on the streets in the absence of a comfortable house to sleep on.

A dusty soccer field is all lined up with tents-now the homes of numerous homeless Haitians. As a matter of fact, people are now competing and fighting over these temporary shelters. Haiti’s president himself has asked the world for 200,000 tents and says he needs one to sleep in himself.

One woman named Fenela Jacobs, said the Britain-based Islamic Relief Worldwide offered her two tents for 21 survivors. However, she ended up having only one 4-by-4-meter (13-by-13-foot) tent for everyone because some people threatened to burn both down if she didn’t give the other one up.

But still she’s grateful, as the tent is better than having to live in makeshift shelters of bed sheets on wooden sticks. The International Organization for Migration estimates a need for 100,000 family-sized tents.

(image & story via Yahoo News)