Friday, August 12, 2022

Haitians are Hungry

 Haiti is trapped in a hunger and security crisis. 

4.5 million people experiencing acute food insecurity (IPC3 or higher).

Haiti is currently experiencing a major economic crisis, with inflation at 26%, making it difficult for families to afford food and other essentials, or to sell crops at local markets.

Across the country, hunger is becoming a norm for children, many of whom have no idea if they will get food tomorrow. Malnutrition can cause stunting, impede mental and physical development, increase the risk of contracting deadly diseases, and ultimately cause death.

Entha, a 7-year-old girl from the southwest region of Haiti, lost her home, crops and belongings in last year´s earthquake. 

Entha explains, “When I don’t eat, I don't feel good because that makes me sad. I can't go play anymore. It's because I am hungry..."

Perpetue Vendredi, Director of Programme Operations, Save the Children in Haiti, said, “In the past 12 months we have seen a worrying trend of hunger increasing across Haiti. Increasing numbers of hunger cases is becoming a great challenge for children and their families; more help is needed...The humanitarian response is still woefully underfunded as this crisis has been largely ignored as other global events have taken over...Children and their families are in desperate need of food, nutrition, health, safe water, sanitation and hygiene, and social protection and livelihoods support to prevent widespread malnutrition, illness, starvation, and death..."

Haiti: Hunger, economic crisis stall recovery a year after devastating earthquake - Haiti | ReliefWeb

No comments: