Humanitarian Aid

Blasts in Ukraine Spark Outrage, Haiti Scoops $12M, and Support Grows for Mine Cleanup

“These funds will enable aid partners to reach the hardest hit,” UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths said on Thursday in a post on the social media platform X, formerly Twitter. 

Port-au-Prince has been terrorised by armed gangs, and last month, they tightened their grip following a weekend jailbreak which allowed thousands of criminals to escape. 

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The allocation from the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) will go towards providing food, water, protection, healthcare, sanitation and hygiene support to displaced people and host communities in the capital and in the neighbouring Artibonite province. 

The UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, reported that the situation remains tense, with attacks on healthcare facilities worsening the already dire situation for the people. 

On Wednesday, the World Food Programme (WFP) provided 17,000 hot meals to displaced people in Port-au-Prince, and UN migration agency IOM distributed more than 70,000 litres of water in six displacement sites across the metropolitan area.

Meanwhile a $674 million appeal to support overall humanitarian action in Haiti, announced in February, has received only $45 million.

Ukraine: UN condemns fresh airstrikes on Kharkhiv 

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine has condemned repeated overnight attacks on the northeastern city of Kharkhiv.

Denise Brown was on a mission to the region, the UN said on Thursday.

The strikes reportedly resulted in more than a dozen civilian casualties, including first responders. 

Civilian infrastructure was also impacted, with the electricity supply disrupted in several parts of the city.

The UN humanitarian affairs office said aid groups were at the site of the attack since early morning, complementing efforts by rescue workers and municipal services by providing hot meals, emergency shelter material and other assistance. 

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A sign in Ukraine warns of landmines.

Rid the world of landmines once and for all: Guterres 

Landmines and other explosive ordnance directly threaten millions of people caught up in armed conflict across the world and can contaminate communities for decades even after the fighting stops, the UN Secretary-General said on Thursday. 

“Country by country, community by community, let’s rid the world of these weapons once and for all,” António Guterres said in his message to mark the International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action

Highlighting the brave mine action personnel serving under the UN flag, he said they work with partners to remove these deadly weapons and ensure that people can travel safely in their communities. 

They also provide education and threat assessments to keep both civilians and humanitarian workers safe. 

Mr. Guterres called for countries to support the UN Mine Action Strategy and to ratify and fully implement international treaties to prohibit anti-personnel mines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war. 

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13 Comments

  1. These funds will enable aid partners to reach the hardest hit. Port-au-Prince has been terrorised by armed gangs, and last month, they tightened their grip following a weekend jailbreak which allowed thousands of criminals to escape.

  2. It’s truly heartbreaking to see the escalating crisis in Haiti. The allocation of $12 million is a step in the right direction, but I hope more support can be mobilized quickly to help the affected communities. The people of Port-au-Prince deserve safety and basic necessities amidst these challenging times.

  3. It’s heartbreaking to see the continuous violence and unrest in both Ukraine and Haiti. The humanitarian aid is crucial to support those in need and provide essential assistance during these difficult times.

  4. The situation in Haiti is really concerning. It’s disheartening to see the struggles faced by the people in Port-au-Prince. The support provided by the UN is crucial for those displaced and affected by the recent events. Let’s hope more assistance reaches them soon.

  5. It’s heartbreaking to see the ongoing challenges faced by the people in Haiti and Ukraine. Immediate action is crucial to alleviate the suffering and provide the necessary support. Let’s hope more resources and aid will be mobilized swiftly to help those in need. #HumanitarianCrisis

  6. It’s heartbreaking to see the ongoing suffering in Haiti. The allocation of funds is crucial to provide much-needed aid to those affected by the armed gangs and the dire situation. I hope the international community steps up to support the humanitarian efforts in the region.

  7. The funds allocated by the UN will certainly make a difference in the lives of those affected. It’s crucial to continue supporting the efforts to provide much-needed aid to the affected communities.

  8. It’s heartbreaking to see the dire situation in Haiti, especially with the recent escalation of violence. I hope the allocated funds can truly make a difference and provide the much-needed support to those affected.

  9. It’s devastating to see the ongoing crisis in Haiti and the attacks in Ukraine. The international community needs to step up and provide more support to those in need.

  10. These funds will enable aid partners to reach the hardest hit. Port-au-Prince has been terrorised by armed gangs, and last month, they tightened their grip following a weekend jailbreak which allowed thousands of criminals to escape.

  11. “It’s heartbreaking to see the devastation caused by the blasts in Ukraine and the ongoing struggles in Haiti. We must stand together to support those in need. Stronger measures need to be taken to ensure the safety and well-being of the affected communities.”

  12. “The allocation from the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) will go towards providing food, water, protection, healthcare, sanitation, and hygiene support to displaced people and host communities in the capital and in the neighboring Artibonite province. It is crucial that we stand in solidarity with those affected by the situation and offer our support.”

  13. It’s heartbreaking to see the dire situation in Haiti worsen due to the armed gangs’ terror. The allocated funds are crucial for providing much-needed aid to the affected communities. Let’s hope for a swift improvement in the living conditions for the displaced people.

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