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Eviction Of 150 Haitian Families Leaves UN 'Gravely Concerned'

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A view of a tent city is seen on January 8, 2013 in Marassa, a suburb of Port-au-Prince. Three years after the earthquake that devastated Haiti, 360,000 people are still living under tarps: among them, the inhabitants of the camps 'Marassa', located northeast of Port-au-Prince, who feel abandoned by everyone. About 750 families, or 5,000 people, coexist in these makeshift camps three 'Marassa' 9, 10 and 14, under the permanent threat of a large river that runs through the neighborhood. AFP PHOTO | Getty

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- The United Nations is condemning the eviction of up to 150 Haitian families living in a makeshift settlement established after a devastating 2010 earthquake.

Sophie de Caen of the U.N.'s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a Monday statement that she's "gravely concerned" about the rights of quake victims being violated.

The U.N. says a tractor was used on June 4 to destroy tents in a camp established on private land, forcing 120-150 families to move out. It did not say who was behind the eviction.

Shortly after the quake, as many as 1.5 million people lived in such camps. But that number has dropped to 320,000, in part because of evictions.

Those forced removals are now among Haiti's more pressing rights concerns.

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