Orla Guerin in Port-au-Prince found a group of women holding an open-air service outside their damaged church to keep the gangs away.
Already a dangerous country for women the danger is no doubt increased by the fact that more than 4,000 prisoners escaped from the capital’s main jail.
Sarah Spencer, currently in Haiti working for the aid agency International Rescue Committee, and a specialist in supporting women in emergency situations, told Woman’s Hour about the difficulties women in particular face in the aftermath of such disasters.

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