Visit of a camp in Dame-Marie in the department of the Grande Anse in Haiti

When the category 4 Hurricane swept away the city of Dame Marie, many of the houses collapsed, '' were completely crushed '' as the Creole phrase says. After temporarily residing in the school Lycée Germain Semersier of Dame Marie, some of the displaced families established a spontaneous camp near the school.
105 families settled in this spontaneous camp. IOM and its partners have already relocated 18 of them. These families voluntarily chose to benefit from the assistance proposed by IOM. Currently, the remaining families do not wish to be relocated and thus live in this camp they created following the violent passage of Hurricane Matthew through Dame Marie.
225 people live under structures made of tarps, a few pieces of wood, metal sheets, or for those with more means walls constructed of concrete bricks. Life goes on at camp Semersier. Fishing, preparing meals, washing and bathing the children, the families who currently live there have forged a small community.
Mona 57 years old washes clothes. "Before Hurricane Matthew, I was a trader, I lived near the sea and I have nothing left at all," she says. Mona has 7 children, 5 of whom live with her in the shelter she built. "My house has been destroyed, my business has been washed away and since then I have done nothing. I'd like to restart, "she says.
Simplice cleans the fish freshly caught under the gaze of Nadège. "I also lost all my material. I'm a fisherman. My business collapsed. Nadège his friend nods in agreement. "It's not easy to get back to work. I am not working for the moment."
This vegetable garden, shown by Jackson Sejourné, IOM Haiti officer at the Return Unit, was started by one of the families that was relocated by IOM and partners. It is now the remaining inhabitants of the camp who maintain it and benefit from the vegetables.
Nativica lives with her two children in a makeshift shelter consisting of gray and orange tarps mounted on scraps of wood. The family is registered and has a DPC-(Direction de la Protection Civile) card. Before Matthew, Nativica had a business. '' The sea has taken everything. My business, my house, everything! ", she explains.
As she disappears into her little house to find her identity papers and the registration number of her DPC card, her younger son begins to cry. Jackson instantly picks him up to comfort him. "I hope to start a small business but for that I need money," she continues, holding out her registration card to Jackson, who still holds the child in his arms.
While they are talking to each other, a woman speaks to us from afar. She introduces us to her daughter Marie. The child refreshes herself in a small basin. "She is disabled, she can’t walk. She never even took a step, "explains the mother, putting the little one standing on her legs.We notice a deviation of Mary's left foot. Jackson will start the process of referencing this little girl to local partners for onward follow-up and assistance.
Relocation is a voluntary process, IOM and its partners are encouraging displaced families to participate in the "Cash for Rent "relocation program. To date, 18 families have voluntarily benefited from this relocation program. The dignified and secure return of displaced people in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew to their communities will only be achieved through housing solutions and access to sustainable livelihoods. Allowing displaced families to leave camps and evacuation centers to reach their communities reduces their vulnerability as a new hurricane season has already begun.
Photo story description: 
In Dame-Marie, one of the communities severely damaged by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016, 105 families Established in a spontaneous camp. The International Organization for Migration - IOM - has already relocated 18 voluntary families, who wanted to benefit from the project "Relocation". For now, the remaining inhabitants of the camp do not want to move. We followed Jackson Sejourné, project assistant at the Return Unit at IOM’s office in Dame Marie during his visit to the camp called '' Lycée Germain Semersier ''. Photos © IOM/JulieHarlet2017