WSJ: "Social Structures Form in Haiti's Tent Cities"
The Wall Street Journal reports on the rise of self-governance in the make-shift camps, home to 1.3 million people. Miriam Jordan of the WSJ writes:
Inside the many tent cities now home to hundreds of thousands of people, a rudimentary social order is beginning to emerge as committees agitate to secure food, water and supplies in high demand from international aid organizations.
This can make it easier for aid groups looking to provide relief, the WSJ reports. One camp undertook a census of 2,136 people, and made detailed lists of needs. Jordan continues:
When representatives of a charity called Our Little Brothers and Sisters International showed up, Mrs. Beaupin handed them the roster of families and a printed list of requests for the camp, including food, bed sheets, kitchen supplies and cleaning agents.
Committees like the one mentioned in the WSJ article are ready to distribute shelter to those who need it, when NGO's and foreign government aid agencies make it available.