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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Haiti

11 Feb 2021

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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 11 February 2021

Haiti

In Haiti, OCHA reports that 40 per cent of the 11.4 million population will require humanitarian assistance in 2021, including more than 4.4 million people projected to be food insecure this year.

The number of people in need has increased by 79 per cent compared with February 2020 (2.6 million) due to a series of extreme sociopolitical shocks since 2018, which have significantly affected pre-existing fragility and people’s resilience. The ongoing economic and sociopolitical crisis, the spread of COVID-19 and the effects of natural disasters, such as tropical storm Laura that hit Haiti in August 2020, have all hit hard.

Recently, incidents of insecurity have increased in the country, including kidnappings, and clashes between armed gangs leading to civilian deaths, the burning of houses and population displacement.

Public demonstrations and strikes have continued to paralyze basic services, halted public transport and forced businesses and public institutions to close. However, normalcy is slowly returning.

Most schools in Haiti have also been closed since the first week of February, but there are indications that schooling may resume next week if the security situation allows.

The situation of 500 internally displaced households who fled gang violence in August 2020 is deteriorating due to inadequate living conditions and protection risks.

Humanitarian organizations, in coordination with local authorities, are responding to their pressing shelter, food, non-food items, sanitation, water, hygiene, protection and health needs. The International Organization for Migration is also currently developing an emergency relocation plan for the households.

In 2020, 1.4 million people in Haiti were reached with humanitarian assistance with the Humanitarian Response Plan, receiving US$155.7 million out of the $472 million requested.