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On 7th anniversary of earthquake, Haitian farmers file land grab complaint highlighting harm caused by disaster “recovery” efforts

[T]he Kolektif Peyizan Viktim Tè Chabè, a collective representing hundreds of Haitian farmers, filed a complaint to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) about its role in a case of land grabbing.  In 2011, approximately 3,500 people the lost their livelihoods when they were forced off their land to make way for the Caracol Industrial Park (CIP), a major business project funded by the Bank and other international donors...The Bank funded the CIP from its earliest stages...The Kolektif, supported by Accountability Counsel, ActionAid and local partners, is calling for fair compensation and for the IDB to address the many environmental and social problems...In January 201...at least 442 smallholder farmers and their families found that their plots of land...had been seized to make way for the CIP...[T]hese families...lost their primary source of food and income...The IDB and its client initially agreed to provide replacement land. However, nearly three years after the land grab, they abandoned that plan, instead providing an inferior package of cash compensation...The Bank failed to protect these families...The Kolektif seeks accountability and remedy for the IDB’s role in the land grab and the severe harm it has caused to their families...

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