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Haiti: In 2 weeks, more than 30 thousand people fled to the provinces because of the violence in Ptoprens

  • March 22, 2024
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Port-au-Prince, March 22, 2023 [AlterPresse] — In less than 2 weeks, between Friday 8 and Wednesday 20 March 2024, there are more than 33 thousand people who left their homes in the metropolitan area of ​​Port-au-Prince, to seek refuge in provincial cities, due to acts of terror and Gang and gun violence are on the rise, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

More than 60 percent of these displaced families managed to take public transportation to go to the Southeast, South, Grandans and Nip departments. In recent months, these 4 departments have already received more than 116 thousand displaced people, who were forced to leave the metropolitan area of ​​Port-au-Prince, to escape the terror of gangs and guns.

It is a collection, on March 21, 2024, by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) that took this information from 15 public transport vehicle stations.

OIM says that not only the provinces do not have the necessary structures, but also the communities of these provinces do not have enough resources to welcome the mass of these displaced people.

We must act without delay to put an end to the violence of gangs and guns and prevent this terror from spreading throughout the territory of Haiti. This is the cry of the United Nations humanitarian affairs coordinator in Haiti, a native of Sweden, Ulrika Richardson, in a press conference on Thursday, March 21, 2024.

Ulrika Richardson says that the situation is very complicated in the metropolitan area of ​​Port-au-Prince, where gangs and guns are sowing terror without looking back. Hunger and poverty are bursting the gall of the population.

The capital of Haiti is facing an unprecedented humanitarian and health crisis. There is difficulty in obtaining blood to donate to the sick in need. There are difficulties in finding anesthetic materials and other important medicines, to give the patients the necessary medical care. The international airport and the small airport of Port-au-Prince are closed from the beginning of March 2024.

It is difficult to cross the sea, to bring the necessary help to all those in need. The crisis is worsening, it may get worse in the coming weeks. There must be provisions taken and action taken quickly, to avoid it getting worse. It is the consideration of the World Health Organization (WHO). [apr 22/03/2024 22 :00]

Photo : Oim