In Haiti, it only ever seems to get worse. Already the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti was devastated by an earthquake in Jan. 2010, which displaced tens of thousands of people. These displaced Haitians, who live in makeshift tent camps, are now being evicted by property owners, according to a story in The New York Times:
This used to be a beautiful place, but these people are tearing up the property, said Jim Hudson, a Church of God missionary living at [a 28-acre church property used as a tent camp for the displaced]. Theyre urinating on it. Theyre bathing out in public. Theyre stealing electricity. And they dont work. They sit around all day, waiting for handouts. ...Almost nine months after the earthquake that devastated Haiti, eviction threats have increased markedly and have become an urgent humanitarian concern, international groups say. Some 144,175 individuals have been subject to threats of eviction since March, and 28,065 have been actually evicted, according to data collected by shelter experts here.