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Trouble in Haiti Puts a Damper on Aid Delivery – What a Mess!

An escalation in what the UN is calling “violent civil unrest” in Haiti, and the subsequent blockading of roads across the country, is making it “very challenging for humanitarian partners to provide assistance” according to the UN Spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric.

Nationwide protests sparked initially by the almost doubling of petrol prices has brought the Caribbean country to what the UN has described as a “standstill.”


Haiti is grappling with multiple crises of an economic, political, security and humanitarian nature.


The country’s President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated in July last year and in August an earthquake caused widespread death and destruction across southern regions of the Caribbean island nation.


Heavily armed violent gangs have taken over large swathes of the capital, Port-au-Prince, and kidnap local people for ransom on a regular basis. According to news reports, gunfire has been heard across the city throughout the week.


Safety concerns


In a statement issued on behalf of the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, Mr. Dujarric, said the UN chief was “particularly preoccupied with the safety of all Haitians including the most vulnerable and calls for calm and maximum restraint.


“He urges all relevant stakeholders to take immediate steps to de-escalate the situation, avoid violence, and allow the Haitian National Police to fulfil its role to protect the population.”  


The UN Chief also called on “all stakeholders to rise above their differences and to engage, without further delay, in a peaceful and inclusive dialogue on a constructive way forward”.


He warned that if the current circumstances continue, “the already dire humanitarian situation faced by Haiti’s most vulnerable people, will deteriorate even further.”


UN Photo/Sophia Paris

Much of the area around the city of Gonaives was in floodwaters and covered by mud after Tropical Storm Jeanne tore through Haiti. (file)


UN warehouse looted


On Thursday, a warehouse used by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Gonaives in the north of the country, was looted and then set on fire by rioters.


The emergency food aid agency’s country director, Jean-Martin Bauer, described the incident as “simply unacceptable. The looted food was intended to feed nearly 100,000 school children until the end of the year and provide emergency assistance to Haiti’s most vulnerable families“, he said in a statement.


“WFP is in Haiti to support vulnerable communities in urgent need, while strengthening local production and livelihoods through our long-term resilience initiatives.”


Staff stand ready


The UN said its staff and partners remain on the ground and are ready to assist people in need across the country. 


However, a shortfall in funding and difficult aid logistics – including risks to supplies on the ground – means that WFP said will likely struggle to supply aid in the coming days.


Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Fiona has formed in the Caribbean and may impact Haiti on Monday.

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13 Comments

  1. It’s truly heartbreaking to see Haiti facing such immense challenges. The ongoing unrest not only hinders aid delivery but also puts the safety of the Haitian people at risk. It’s crucial for all parties involved to prioritize peace and stability in this time of crisis.

  2. It’s truly heartbreaking to see the situation in Haiti deteriorate like this. How can the international community better support the people amidst all these challenges?

    1. EmilySmith78, it is indeed a tragic situation unfolding in Haiti. The international community can enhance support by providing increased funding for humanitarian aid, coordinating closely with local organizations, and advocating for peaceful resolutions to the ongoing crises.

  3. It’s truly disheartening to see the escalating violence and unrest in Haiti, hindering crucial aid delivery efforts. The situation in the country seems to be spiraling out of control with multiple crises compounding each other. My thoughts are with the Haitian people who are enduring these hardships. Hopefully, a resolution can be reached soon to bring stability and peace back to the nation.

  4. How can humanitarian efforts be effectively carried out in such a volatile situation in Haiti?

    1. Humanitarian efforts in volatile situations like Haiti require not only strategic planning and coordination but also strong partnerships with local communities and organizations on the ground to ensure assistance reaches those in need despite the challenges.

  5. I believe that the situation in Haiti is extremely concerning. The ongoing civil unrest and security issues are hampering the delivery of vital aid to those in need. It is crucial for international organizations to work swiftly and efficiently to address the multiple crises the country is facing. My thoughts are with the people of Haiti during these challenging times.

  6. It’s truly disheartening to see the situation in Haiti deteriorate to such a chaotic state. The escalating violence and road blockades are impeding crucial aid deliveries, further exacerbating the already dire humanitarian crisis in the country. My thoughts are with the people of Haiti, hoping for a swift resolution and restoration of peace.

  7. What a chaotic situation in Haiti! The escalating violence and road blockades are seriously impeding aid delivery. It’s heartbreaking to see the country in such turmoil with various crises piling up. My thoughts are with the Haitian people during these challenging times.

  8. Isn’t there a way to ensure safe passage for aid to reach those in need amidst the chaos in Haiti?

    1. There are ongoing efforts to establish secure corridors for aid delivery, but the volatile situation in Haiti poses significant challenges. It requires coordination among various stakeholders and constant monitoring to ensure the safety of both aid workers and recipients.

  9. Haiti’s situation is heartbreaking. The escalating violence and unrest are greatly hindering humanitarian efforts. It’s crucial for the international community to come together to support the people of Haiti during these challenging times.

  10. It’s incredibly distressing to see the situation in Haiti deteriorating like this. The unrest and violence are causing a major setback in the delivery of essential aid to those in desperate need. The international community must step up efforts to bring stability and support to Haiti.

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