Humanitarian Aid

Stay Updated: Haiti Aid Efforts Roll On, Heartbreaking Mine Explosions Hit Afghanistan, and Shine a Light on Autism Awareness Day

On Saturday alone, the World Food Programme (WFP) provide more than 28,000 meals to people who have been forced to flee their homes.

Despite the widespread insecurity, WFP has delivered food assistance to some 480,000 people across the country since the beginning of March, thanks to partners on the ground – including Haitian non-governmental organizations, local businesses and Haitian farmers’ organizations.

Meals, medicine and more 

The UN agency has distributed more than 358,000 hot meals to more than 69,000 people in 48 displacement sites in the capital over the past month.

Humanitarian partners also have delivered more than 2.3 million litres of water to nearly 29 displacement sites, which has benefited some 60,000 displaced people. 

Traumatized Haitians, including children, have also received medicine and psychosocial support.

The health sector has been severely affected by the violence over the past month, with at least half of the health facilities in the capital either closed or functioning below their normal capacity. 

The ongoing insecurity has worsened the already dire humanitarian situation in Haiti. More than 360,000 people are currently displaced, including some 160,000 in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area, and more than 1,000 schools have been closed across the country.

Meanwhile, a $674 million humanitarian plan for Haiti, announced in February, is less than seven per cent funded.

Afghanistan: More than 10 children killed or injured in separate mine blasts

More than 10 children were killed or maimed in two separate landmine explosions in Afghanistan, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in a tweet on Monday, expressing deep sadness.

The incidents occurred in Ghazni and Herat provinces. UNICEF extended deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wished a swift recovery to the injured.

Since 1989, nearly 44,000 Afghan civilians have been killed or injured by landmines and explosive remnants of war, averaging to around 110 people per month, according to the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS).

A UNICEF report on the impact of explosive ordnance for 2022 documented around 700 children maimed or killed – a rate of approximately two children per day.

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World Autism Awareness Day is marked by the UN annually on 2 April.

Guterres calls for unity to realize full rights of persons with autism 

UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for ensuring an inclusive and accessible world for all in his message to mark World Autism Awareness Day on Tuesday. 

The annual commemoration on 2 April is a moment to recognize and celebrate the important contributions of autistic people in every country and community. 

“But around the world, they continue to confront barriers to their fundamental rights to education, employment and social inclusion — as called for by the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” he said. 

Invest in support systems 

The UN chief urged governments to invest in stronger community support systems, inclusive education and training programmes, and accessible and technology-based solutions to enable persons with autism to enjoy the same rights as others.

“Today and every day, let’s unite to realize their rights, and ensure an inclusive and accessible world for all,” he said. 

Approximately one in 100 children has autism, which constitutes a diverse group of conditions related to development of the brain, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). 

World Autism Awareness Day has been celebrated since 2007, following its proclamation by the UN General Assembly. 

This year’s observance from UN Headquarters in New York will for the first time seek to provide a truly global overview from the perspective of autistic people representing six regions: Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin American and the Caribbean, North America and Oceania.  



  1. It’s heartwarming to see the ongoing support for Haiti, but the situation remains dire with the widespread insecurity and lack of funding for the humanitarian plan. Hope more assistance reaches those in need soon.

  2. Is there any information available on the specific measures being taken to ensure the safety of displaced individuals in the wake of the recent tragic mine explosions in Afghanistan?

    1. Yes, ensuring the safety of displaced individuals is a top priority in the humanitarian efforts. Immediate measures include establishing safe zones, providing protective shelters, and conducting mine awareness programs to educate the affected communities on how to stay safe. Coordination with local authorities and international agencies is also crucial to ensure an effective response to such tragic events.

  3. It’s heartwarming to see the World Food Programme providing essential aid to those in need in Haiti. The efforts to deliver meals, medicine, and support to displaced individuals are truly commendable amidst the challenging circumstances. However, the ongoing insecurity highlights the urgent need for more support and funding to address the dire humanitarian situation in the country.

  4. How can we ensure the safety of humanitarian workers in such volatile environments?

    1. Ensuring the safety of humanitarian workers in volatile environments requires a multi-faceted approach, including robust security protocols, regular risk assessments, training on conflict resolution, and close coordination with local authorities and community leaders. It’s vital to prioritize the well-being of those dedicated individuals who selflessly serve in challenging conditions to provide critical aid and support.

  5. It’s truly heart-wrenching to see the ongoing struggles in Haiti and the devastating mine explosions in Afghanistan. We must continue to support humanitarian efforts and raise awareness on critical issues like these. My thoughts are with all those affected.

  6. How can we ensure the safety of aid workers in such high-risk environments like Afghanistan?

    1. To ensure the safety of aid workers in high-risk environments like Afghanistan, it is crucial to prioritize security protocols, provide comprehensive training, and establish strong communication channels with local authorities and communities. Additionally, investing in advanced technology for risk assessment and implementing emergency response plans can greatly enhance the protection of aid workers on the ground.

  7. It’s truly heartbreaking to see the devastating impact of mine explosions in Afghanistan. My thoughts are with all the innocent children affected by these tragic incidents. We need to work towards a world where such senseless violence against civilians, especially children, is completely eradicated.

  8. How can we ensure the safety of humanitarian aid workers in such volatile environments?

    1. To ensure the safety of humanitarian aid workers in volatile environments, it is crucial to provide them with comprehensive training, adequate security measures, and constant communication channels. Collaborating closely with local authorities and communities can also help in understanding the risks and finding effective ways to mitigate them.

  9. It’s heart-wrenching to hear about the mine explosions in Afghanistan. The situation in Haiti is also devastating, but the resilience shown by the aid efforts is commendable. Let’s continue to support and raise awareness for those in need.

  10. It’s truly heartwarming to see the World Food Programme providing meals and assistance to those in need in Haiti. The efforts of humanitarian partners are crucial in alleviating the suffering of displaced Haitians. Let’s hope for more support to help improve the dire situation in the country.

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