Haiti faces severe food crisis as gang violence continues

Mar23,2024



New Delhi: Almost half of Haiti's population is facing food crisis. gang violence, International organizations have raised concerns about the situation, citing inflation and poor harvests as factors responsible for the worst levels of food insecurity in the country.
Jean-Martin Bauer, world food programThe Director for Haiti stressed the urgent need for action to address the growing hunger crisis.
According to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), approximately 4.97 million of the 11.5 million Haitians are suffering from food crisis. Eight regions, including the Artibonite valley, the rural areas of the Grand-Anse peninsula and parts of the capital such as Cite Soleil, have been severely affected and have been classified as emergency.
The World Food Program highlighted that armed groups are confiscating agricultural land and crops, forcing many people to take extreme measures and accumulate debt. However, only a small percentage of Haitians have received humanitarian food aid.
Haiti was witnessing large-scale gang violence as rival gangs carried out attacks, resulting in casualties. Recent UN data showed that more than 30,000 people have fled the capital due to violence and shortages.



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