First modification: 08/26/2021 – 00:33
The United Nations called for more than $ 187 million in humanitarian aid for Haiti. The country’s authorities estimate that about 650,000 people urgently need resources to survive.
This August 25, the United Nations (UN) launched a donation campaign to reach the 187.3 million dollars needed to help more than 800,000 people affected by the earthquake that occurred on August 14.
The UN resident and humanitarian coordinator, Bruno Lemarquis, recalled through a statement that “Haiti and its people need, more than ever, the solidarity of the whole world in the face of multiple crises at the same time.”
In addition, Lemarquis pledged to “support national leadership and coordination efforts” to distribute humanitarian aid “taking into account the lessons of the 2010 earthquake.” On that occasion, a large part of the donations never translated into improvements to the population due to corruption and lack of organization.
The money raised by the UN is expected to go towards shelter, water and sanitation, but also health, food and protection.
Authorities estimate that around 650,000 people, about 40% of the population in the area most affected by the earthquake, need urgent humanitarian aid to meet their basic needs.
The earthquake collapsed 52,923 homes and damaged 77,006 more, in addition to affecting other types of infrastructure such as hospitals, hotels or roads.
In addition, more than 2,200 people were killed and 12,000 injured. On August 23, after four days of work, Haiti asked the renowned team of Mexican moles to end the searches for survivors despite the fact that there are still missing, after having rescued 24 people trapped in the rubble.
Several countries have already sent aid that reaches the population with difficulty
A day before the United Nations call, the pope had announced that he had sent an initial aid of 200,000 euros (more than 234,000 dollars) as humanitarian aid for the island. He assured that this donation “aims to be an immediate expression of the feeling of spiritual closeness and paternal encouragement towards the people and the affected territories.”
Venezuela and Spain, for their part, have already sent sixty and thirty tons of basic aid, respectively, such as drinking water or purification material, food, medicine, blankets and toilet kits, among others.
However, these aid must travel dangerous paths to reach the people affected. The area hardest hit by the earthquake has been the scene for several years of conflicts between armed gangs that are fighting for the territory.
On August 22, the main gangs announced a truce to allow the distribution of humanitarian aid. An announcement made by Jimmy Cherizier, alias Barbecue, the leader of G9 an Fanmi e Alye, the most important federation of armed gangs in the country.
“Congratulations to us because at this time we have decided to make peace,” said Jimmy Cherizier. In the video, he also announces that “the revolutionary groups” he leads will help the victims, and asks all Haitians to do the same and to collaborate as much as they can.