Haiti quake creates new crisis among women, girls - MiamiHerald.com
Population explosions after a #disaster are nothing new. But in a country already rattled by a collapsed health system, #cholera epidemic and now sordid conditions in congested camps, experts say they are worried about the impact. Adding to the concerns are conditions under which the pregnancies are occurring: insecurity and rapes in the camps despite increased U.N. peacekeeper patrols, lack of education and medical services, and desperation among girls, some as young as 13.
“There is a lot of #transactional #sex going on as a coping mechanism for young girls to survive #poverty, to address some of their needs,’’ said Dr. Henia Dakkak of the United Nations Population Fund, which found that #pregnancy in Haiti’s camps after the quake were three times higher than in urban areas.