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United Nations, violence, Haiti, crisis, security, Carl Skau, World Food Program (WFP)

Haiti’s crisis impacts all areas

United Nations, April 26.- Violence in Haiti causes a crisis with political, humanitarian and security dimensions that impacts all areas, said Carl Skau, deputy executive director of the World Food Program (WFP).     

Consequences such as displacement, disruptions to trade and the economy keep the country in the worst humanitarian situation since the 2010 earthquake, added the WFP representative in statements to the press.

As a result, nearly five million people suffer from acute food insecurity in category three, four or five of the index estimated by the United Nations, with a maximum of five.

After a recent visit to the Caribbean nation, Skau considered it necessary to reinforce support for resilience and development both within Port-au-Prince and elsewhere to try to break the vicious circle.

There will be no success in the political arena unless we also intensify our assistance to the people, the WFP deputy director insisted.

The official confirmed that this United Nations entity barely has supplies for the next six weeks amid serious concerns about the lack of financing to address the crisis and the lack of access by land, sea and air to Haiti.

“We are trying to do as much local procurement as possible, but I think those sources are starting to dry up as well,” he warned.

As an alternative, the Program would need to replenish its supplies with shipments through the international airport, also affected by the actions of organized gangs that control 80 percent of the Haitian capital.

According to the official, every month the WFP provides food support to 500,000 Haitians, but the needs exceed the current operational capacity.

An emergency response is needed in Port-au-Prince, and to be able to continue providing other types of support, including development support in the rest of the country, Skau said. (PL) (Photo: Taken from the Internet)

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