Haitian mother pleads for food, health and education for her children as hunger crisis worsens
Jesula and her children are among the 4.9 million people without enough to eat in Haiti. Plan International is supporting vulnerable families.
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Haiti is among the hungriest places in the world and has one of the highest levels of chronic food insecurity with 22% of children chronically malnourished. Around 4.3 million people are in need of urgent assistance.
The crisis also affects children’s rights around health and education, and protection from child labour, sexual exploitation, child marriage, teenage pregnancies, as well as limiting their access to menstrual hygiene products.
The crisis in Haiti has resulted from several internal events in recent years that have affected political, economic and social stability. However, 5 main events have exacerbated the situation:
Gang violence and political uncertainty remain among the main drivers of insecurity and social unrest. A situation that affects the most vulnerable children and families.
There are also external factors adding to the crisis. Climate change is making extreme weather events like drought more frequent and driving hunger to unprecedented levels. The economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and soaring prices of food, fuel and fertiliser due to the conflict in Ukraine have led to crises combining to worsen the situation.
We are working with communities, partners and families to provide life-saving support to those most in need.
We will continue with these efforts but as the situation deteriorates, we need your support. Your support will help us reach the most vulnerable children so they have hope and opportunities despite the crisis.