HUNGER CRISIS IN HAITI

Some 4.3 million people are in risk of acute food insecurity in Haiti, making it one of the hungriest countries in the world.

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Haiti is among the 10 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, child labour, sexual exploitation, child marriage, teenage pregnancies, as well as access to menstrual hygiene products.

Why is this happening?

The crisis in Haiti has resulted from several internal events in recent years that have affected political, economic and social stability. However, 3 main events have exacerbated the situation:

  1. The assassination of President Moïse in July 2021 triggered insecurity, increased violence, kidnappings, civil unrest and increased food insecurity.
  2. The 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck the south of the country in August 2021.
  3. Gang warfare in the capital, Port-au-Prince, has reached new heights of intensity and brutality during 2022, and the amount of territory they control has reached unprecedented levels. 

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.

What is Plan International doing?

Our rapid response includes supporting communities to access food and safe water through cash transfers for vulnerable households, the provision of water storage kits, and improved collective water systems.

Plan International will also work on child protection issues in contexts of food insecurity and on covering basic needs for adolescents, young women, pregnant and lactating mothers by raising awareness of sexual and reproductive rights and providing dignity kits.

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