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Supermarkets and pharmacies stormed by customers to cope with future shortages

  • March 21, 2024
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Some supermarkets and pharmacies in Petionville opened their doors this Thursday morning after nights of violence

No one can say when this crisis will end. Almost all businesses in the town of Petionville have closed their doors for fear of being looted.

Many entrepreneurs and small traders saw their warehouses and food depots vandalized by armed individuals.

Petionville, which was until then protected from gang warfare, has for several days been facing armed attacks against police stations, businesses and homes in the town.

This tension pushes residents to go shopping to obtain food supplies of all kinds and replenish their stocks of medicines if, by any chance, pharmacies also want to welcome you.

Because today a race against time is on. The perishable foodstuffs stuck in containers at the port of Port-au-Prince for days are already lost.

Food stocks in supermarket warehouses are not infinite and no one has long-term visibility. Expiry dates will force owners to throw away astronomical quantities of spoiled food.

Certain highly demanded products such as toilet paper, drinking water or even starchy foods have almost disappeared from the shelves (rice, pasta, corn).
The informal market is completely paralyzed and the small traders used to setting up shop on the sidewalks of Petionville are mostly absent this Thursday.

Pharmacies are also under pressure due to high demand for medicines that exceeds available stocks.

The closure of large hospitals and health centers in the capital accentuates the scarcity of certain medications, notably insulin for diabetics.

Despite a possible reopening of the general hospital scheduled for April 1, the good news in Haiti are increasingly rare.

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