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Spontaneous displacement camps (8 photos)

Haiti, January 18, 2010

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    Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps  </span>
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    Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps  </span>
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    Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps  </span>
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    Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps  </span>
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    Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps  </span>
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    Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps  </span>
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    Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps  </span>
    Port-au-Prince, HAITI - 17 January 2010 - Five days after the earthquake the survivors of the quake are displaced from their homes and living in open pubic areas, such as parks, or in vacant lots and unused space around the city. Photo: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps
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    This woman and her baby had not eaten for over a day when I met her.. they drink their water for laundry because they did not have any clean drinking water. (I gave her everything I had on me... which was just a bottle of water and granola bars...) Photo: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps

Five days after the earthquake the survivors of the quake are displaced from their homes and living in open public areas, such as parks, or in vacant lots and unused space around the city.

People are starting to build their temporary shelter out of wood they break off trees with their bare hands. They use their hands to dig holes for poles and then rocks to pound the poles into the ground. Tablecloths and bed sheets are used for the material for the shelter.