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Bryant Castro, 34, is the camp manager for the American Refugee Committee at the Corail temporary relocation camp in Haiti:

There are 6,500 people living here and more than 100,000 people who want to. How do you decide who gets in?

We're trying to control the growth but the squatters around us are growing exponentially every day. We take the people in the most precarious situations, where there's cholera or no security.

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How did this happen?

Since the government declared this entire zone eminent domain, for public use. People saw an opportunity. They can all have humanitarian assistance and basically get free land.

This was created as a temporary place but nobody wants to leave.

It's an area that covers almost 7,000 hectares. Corail is no longer going to be temporary. All the humanitarian organizations are reading between the lines. The government hasn't been willing to make a decision on Corail. Now you have speculators, land mafias and poor people from all of the provinces who are seeing this as the first time they will be able to own land.

And what do you think the future of this area will be?

I have no idea. The original assumption was that it would be a temporary relocation site while a more permanent solution is found in Port-au-Prince. They see the lack of progress there. Here they see nice houses going up, nice schools being built, health clinics. The lack of a government position is creating a social time bomb.

When it was set up as a temporary solution, what did the temporary mean?

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In humanitarian terms it means anywhere from one to three years. There's no low-income places for people to live in Port-au-Prince. Instead they come here.

So there are 1,162 houses to be built, and then everyone in tents will be moved into permanent houses?

That's the idea on paper.

What's the reality?

Transitional shelters for everyone and there isn't enough room. The system isn't working. When we give houses to some families, they take the key, lock it and we haven't seen them since.

Why not?

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Because they move in with family in Port-au-Prince. They're taking advantage of the system. They know as soon as this camp is complete and we have a permanent water source here, the value will quadruple.

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Sonia Verma writes about foreign affairs for The Globe and Mail. Based in Toronto, she has recently covered economic change in Latin America, revolution in Egypt, and elections in Haiti. Before joining The Globe in 2009, she was based in the Middle East, reporting from across the region for The Times of London and New York Newsday. More

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