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UN Throws in $5 Million to Help Sort Out Haiti’s Gang Violence Chaos

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths allocated on Friday, $5 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to respond to humanitarian needs triggered by gang violence in Haiti.

The assistance comes amidst the killing of hundreds of people since July in clashes between gangs in Haiti’s Cité Soleil, said the UN humanitarian agency (OCHA) spokesperson, Jens Laerke. 


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Many others have been trapped in the fighting, as gang control over the highways continues to grow.  This has cut off their access to drinking water, food and health care. “Overall, we estimate that nearly 280,000 people are affected by this situation” Mr. Laerke added.


Deprived community


With a current estimated population of around 300,000, Cité Soleil is one of the most deprived communes in Port-au-Prince and its humanitarian whose development needs were huge even before the current upsurge in violence.


The UN has said that between 8 and 17 July, over 471 people were killed, injured or unaccounted for. 


Serious incidents of sexual violence against women and girls, as well as the gang recruitment of boys have also been reported. 


Around 3,000 people have fled their homes, including hundreds of unaccompanied children, while at least 140 houses have been destroyed or burnt down.


Last month, Humanitarian Coordinator Ulrika Richardson had called on all parties to end the deadly violence and ensure open a humanitarian corridor to Cité Soleil, describing the needs as “immense” and “growing,” as a result of poverty, a lack of basic services, and a recent spike in violence. 


Supporting over 100,000 people


A high level of insecurity is compromising humanitarian access to affected people, as well as to basic services such as health and education for between one million to 1.5 million people trapped in gang-controlled neighbourhoods, according to the OCHA spokesperson


Mr. Laerke pointed out that although “a small amount,” it is “a critical amount of money right now”.


The CERF allocation will help humanitarian agencies increase their responses, and funding through the UN Children’s fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) will provide food, drinking water, health care, mental health and education support to more than 100,000 people in total.


To assist an estimated 4.9 million Haitians, or about 43 per cent of the total population this year, the Haiti humanitarian response plan, is asking $373 million, but, warned Mr. Laerke, it is only “14 per cent funded”.


Life saving assistance


CERF enables humanitarian responders to deliver critical aid wherever crises strike.


Since March 2006, it has enabled humanitarian partners to deliver over $5.5 billion in life-saving assistance in over 100 countries and territories.


Mr. Laerke explained that following an injection of CERF money, “other donors follow because it comes with a message that this is critical lifesaving interventions we need now”.


UNICEF warning


Meanwhile, a year after a devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck southwestern Haiti, and three weeks before the beginning of a new academic year, UNICEF warned that more than 250,000 children lack access to adequate schools.


Insecurity and an absence of funding have delayed their reconstruction, the UN agency had said in a statement.


At the end of last year, UNICEF had requested through its 2022 Humanitarian Appeal, $97 million to reach 950,000 people, including 520,000 children in Haiti.


To date, only 30 per cent of that funding has been received – threatening aid delivery for the most vulnerable in the country, the agency warned.

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13 Comments

  1. As the situation in Haiti worsens due to the escalating gang violence, it’s crucial for organizations like the UN to step in and provide immediate assistance to the affected population. The allocation of $5 million is a positive step, but more needs to be done to address the underlying issues causing this crisis.

  2. As an avid follower of international news, I believe that the intervention by the UN in allocating $5 million to help address the humanitarian needs in Haiti due to gang violence is crucial. It’s heartbreaking to hear about the hundreds of lives lost and the countless others suffering in Cité Soleil. This assistance is a vital step towards providing much-needed support to the affected community and addressing the escalating violence in the region.

  3. It’s heartbreaking to hear about the devastating impact of gang violence in Haiti. The UN’s swift action in allocating $5 million to address the humanitarian needs is commendable. I hope this assistance brings some relief to the affected communities and helps prevent further suffering.

  4. I believe it is crucial for international organizations such as the UN to step in and provide support in situations like this. It’s heart-wrenching to hear about the impact of gang violence on the people of Haiti, especially the most vulnerable populations. Hopefully, this financial aid will make a meaningful difference and help alleviate the suffering of those affected.

  5. It’s devastating to see the ongoing violence in Haiti’s Cité Soleil and the profound impact it’s having on the community. The allocation of $5 million by the UN is a crucial step towards addressing the urgent humanitarian needs arising from the escalating gang violence. The situation calls for immediate action and support to help the affected population access basic necessities like water, food, and healthcare.

  6. It’s heart-wrenching to see the devastating impact of gang violence in Haiti. The UN’s financial aid is crucial in providing much-needed assistance to the affected population. Let’s hope for a swift resolution to this humanitarian crisis.

  7. It’s heart-wrenching to hear about the devastating effects of gang violence in Haiti. The UN’s allocation of $5 million is a step in the right direction to provide much-needed humanitarian aid to the affected population. I hope this support will bring some relief to those who have been trapped in the conflict and help address the dire situation in Cité Soleil.

  8. In my opinion, it’s crucial that international organizations like the UN step in to address the escalating gang violence crisis in Haiti. The $5 million allocation is a step in the right direction to provide much-needed humanitarian aid to the affected population. It’s heart-wrenching to hear about the dire circumstances these people are facing, and I hope this assistance can bring some relief to the deprived community in Cité Soleil.

  9. It’s heartbreaking to read about the devastating impact of gang violence in Haiti’s Cité Soleil. The UN’s allocation of $5 million is a crucial step in providing assistance to the affected population. Let’s hope for a swift resolution to this dire situation.

  10. Wow, this situation in Haiti sounds dire. How can the UN ensure the $5 million effectively helps those affected by gang violence and provides essential support like water and healthcare?

    1. Hey SarahSmith123, the UN’s allocation of $5 million shows a commitment to addressing the urgent needs in Haiti caused by gang violence. Proper utilization of these funds can assist in providing essential support like water and healthcare to those affected. The UN’s coordination with local organizations and agencies will be crucial in ensuring effective distribution and impact on the ground.

  11. It’s heart-wrenching to hear about the dire situation in Haiti’s Cité Soleil. The UN’s allocation of $5 million is a much-needed step to address the humanitarian crisis caused by gang violence. The escalating violence not only endangers lives but also denies basic essentials like water, food, and healthcare to thousands. We must prioritize supporting the affected communities and working towards sustainable solutions to ensure their safety and well-being.

  12. It’s heart-wrenching to see the impact of gang violence in Haiti. The UN’s allocation of $5 million is a step in the right direction to address the urgent humanitarian needs. Let’s hope this assistance can bring some relief to the affected communities.

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