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Urges comprehensive action to tackle Haiti crisis

Karl Schau, the UN agency’s executive deputy director, recently visited Haiti, and briefed reporters at UN headquarters in New York on Thursday following his return.

He said that at present the country is facing a more serious challenge than the crisis arising from the earthquake of 2010.

Haiti’s citizens have faced a number of political, security, social, and economic challenges over the past few years, exacerbated by brutal violence by criminal groups.

It has been reported that in the first three months of the year 2024, more than two and a half thousand people have lost their lives due to violence.

According to a senior UN agency official, half of the country’s population, about 5 million people, have been food insecure in the recent past. At the same time, more than 1 million people are facing hunger at an emergency level.

Karl Schau stressed that in addition to political and security measures, humanitarian assistance must also be focused on to address the crisis in Haiti.

“What I saw on the ground is that it can be done. And even in the epicenter of the crisis, Port-au-Prince. But we need to do more to build resilience and development elsewhere to break this deadly cycle.”

Other parts of the country are also affected

UN Agency for Humanitarian Affairs, OCHAreported that more than 90,000 people have been displaced in the metropolitan area of ​​the capital, Port-au-Prince, and this number is constantly increasing.

Meanwhile, business has been disrupted in other parts of the country. Inflation has surged and essential commodities are in short supply.

WFP The Executive Deputy Director of said that this crisis is being felt everywhere and hence steps will have to be taken as per the situation.

“We need emergency action in Port-au-Prince, but we can continue other forms of support, including development support in other parts of the country.”

The UN agency official expressed concern that humanitarian aid supplies on the ground are running out and so vital supplies need to be delivered urgently.

He hoped that the international airport would remain open for at least one flight, and could be expanded if necessary. Also, a port could be opened in Port-au-Prince.

David Dass
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