Haitian women easy targets of crime

In Haiti, women have become easy targets of crime. And although the situation in Haiti have always been difficult for women, things just got worse... More Below... Posted by on Feb 6th, 2010 and filed under News.

In Haiti, women have become easy targets of crime. And although the situation in Haiti have always been difficult for women, things just got worse after the quake.

Bernice Chamblain, 22 years old, barely slept since the terrible Haiti earthquake. She and other homeless women and children have become the targets of gangs of men.

“I try not to sleepSome of the men who escaped from prison are coming around to the camps and causing problems for the women. We’re all scared but what can we do? Many of our husbands, boyfriends and fathers are dead.” She keeps a machete under her matress in case sexual predators come to sneak in on her and she keeps her one leg wrapped around a bag of rice so thieves won’t steal her daughter’s food.

The reports of attacks on women have increased, from the robbing of coupon for food to rape and sexual intimidation cases.

The government’s communications minister, Marie-Laurence Jocelyn Lassegue, acknowledged this, but she said the government is prioritizing food, shelter and the removal of debris.

(story & image from Yahoo News)

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