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Reference : V-P-HT-E-00749
Date : 24/06/2011
Country/Region : HAITI
Caption : Port-au-Prince, civilian prison. The entrance into Titanic, the main block in the Port-au-Prince prison.
Photographer : CHARLES, Jacob
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website, 09.01.2015:

The Port-au-Prince prison – the largest penitentiary in the country with over 4,000 detainees – was severely damaged by the 2010 earthquake. This only exacerbated existing problems of overpopulation. Renovating Titanic is the ICRC's largest prison project in Haiti. The electricity system was upgraded, and a new hydro station was built. Starting in 2010, the ICRC equipped all blocks of this prison with metallic bunk beds to increase individual sleeping space.


On 12 January 2010, a devastating earthquake in Haiti killed over 300,000 people and damaged or destroyed many public infrastructures – including prisons. Five years on, detainees remain one of the most vulnerable groups in the country. One of the ICRC's priorities is to improve their living conditions. The ICRC continues to support the social, legal and medical services provided to the detainees and to work for better sanitation facilities and improved infrastructures.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 4416x3312
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour