Haiti: The Child Agency of the United Nations has stated that it urgently necessitates $122.2 million to surmount its emergency response in Haiti. The island’s population of 1.6 million people, including 800,000 children, are currently facing multifaceted humanitarian crises in years following the deadly earthquake that rocked the island country last month.
UNICEF Haiti Representative – Bruno Maes cited that, “Prior to the earthquake, children were already suffering from high rates of malnutrition, displacement produced by gang-related violence and the secondary impacts of COVID-19.”
Following the statement, Maes asserted, “But in the current situation, the humanitarian needs of Haitian children are more important than ever as entire families have lost everything, including their houses, schools, access to the water & health facilities. Most of the human lives depend on how much humanitarian aid we would be able to provide and how quickly we do that.”
After the 7.2 magnitudes of earthquake hit the island, United Nations started a separate appeal on behalf of its forces in Haiti. It asked for $187.3 million to produce – shelter, water, sanitation, emergency health care, food, protection & early recovery support to a half-million quake victims.
The earthquake has killed more than 2,200 people, injured over 12,200 and left more than 129,000 homes destroyed. The disaster was complicated by the heavy rains from Grace and struck Haiti as the nation was reeling from the July 7 assassination of President Jovenel Moise and dealing with an increase of gang violence that relocated 19,000 people and affected another 1.5 million.
FAO Representative in Haiti – Jose Luis Fernandez further noted, “On top of a series of disasters & the crises, this latest double whammy has left capacity of people to produce and to get food for their families and communities in tatters.”
Besides this, after the assessment in the earthquake-affected areas, the Education Ministry has noted that hundreds of schools were being destroyed or heavily damaged, impacting an estimated number of 100,000 children.