2 millions de Népalais n’ont toujours pas de maison


Un an après le tremblement de terre, les Népalais les plus pauvres et les plus vulnérables risquent d’être exclus de la reconstruction. C’est ce qui ressort du nouveau rapport d’Oxfam. L’organisation internationale a pu apporter de l’aide d’urgence à près d’un demi-million de personnes. Mais la reconstruction est lente et injuste. [suite en anglais]

A mammoth effort from the government and humanitarian agencies has provided vital relief for hundreds of thousands earthquake survivors. Oxfam has helped almost half a million people in seven of the worst-hit regions with clean water, emergency shelters, food, toilets and other vital relief. Oxfam is now providing tools, training and cash grants to help people earn a living and rebuild their lives.

7% lost documents

Some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in Nepal are being excluded from the reconstruction process a year after the earthquakes there that killed 8,700 people, said Oxfam in a new report published today.

Oxfam’s research from other disasters – such as the Asian tsunami and the Haiyan typhoon in the Philippines – shows that women and landless people particularly are often excluded from reconstruction plans because they lack documentation. People end up living in temporary shelters, sometimes for years, slowing a country’s recovery.

In Nepal, 600,000 families (estimated at 2m or more people) needed shelters last year and most of them are still living in temporary or unsafe arrangements today. At least 40,000 families had no land documentation to begin with. In a recent survey by an Oxfam partner, 7% of respondents said they had lost or damaged important documents during the earthquake.

In addition, around 26,000 more people remain displaced in camps in Nepal, unable to return to their homes.                                                                                          

The skewed distribution of land that existed in Nepal before the earthquake – where 4% of the population owned 40% of land and 65% of farmers owned just 15% of it – is not being corrected, and could instead result in an even more unequal society than before.

Oxfam is concerned that marginalized groups – women, the landless, Dalits and indigenous farmers especially who own less than one hectare of land – are likely to be most severely affected.

“Nepal’s reconstruction remains an opportunity to rebuild not only a stronger country, but a fairer and more equal one,” said Oxfam country director Cecilia Keizer. However, the government’s proposed support is too low to rebuild even the smallest of houses, and is dependent on claimants holding certificates of land ownership.

Gender gap

The report finds that women stand to lose out in a country where just one in every five households has a female name on land documents. Many single women do not own land and may have trouble obtaining documents without a male backer. Even married women whose husbands have migrated to work – estimated to account for a quarter of households – may be sidelined. Oxfam has set up a network of centers to advise women on their rights and help them to claim assistance.

Cecilia Keizer:

“Oxfam urges the government to engage with communities in reconstruction and resettlement schemes to identify those in greatest need and to replace lost documents. With monsoon rains fast approaching in Nepal, it is imperative that reconstruction is made both speedier and fairer. After such an overwhelming show of generosity, the people of Nepal deserve a fast and fair route to recovery.”

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