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ActionAid reacts to the recent upsurge in violence in Haiti

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Reacting to the recent upsurge in violence in Haiti’s capital, Angeline Annesteus the Country Director of ActionAid Haiti, said:

“We are deeply concerned by the new wave of violence in Port-au-Prince. On 2 May, more than 3700 families in the Solino neighbourhood were forced to flee and abandon their homes and belongings because of gang violence. Once again, we saw many families fleeing under gunfire trying to escape and with many women and children caught in the crossfire. The situation is particularly devastating for women and children, who live in constant fear of being abused and exploited and are deprived of their right to access basic services.

ActionAid is very concerned for the safety of civilians as the state struggles to regain control of the situation.

We appeal to the international community to step up their intervention to support Haitian leaders with a clear plan that addresses the root causes of this violence and is fully and predictably funded.

ActionAid’s response in Haiti:

All our staff and partners are safe and well. We maintain our operations in different regions of the country and are constantly monitoring the security situation. While the security situation in Port-au-Prince has had a significant impact on rural areas in terms of access to products, including fuel, we have managed to assist affected communities where we work.

We have compensated 2786 farmers who lost their crops because of floods and distributed some goats and short-cycle seeds to more than 1651 families in the first quarter of 2024.1,000 families who received seeds and agroecological training in November 2023 are now harvesting their crops, enabling them to feed their families and generate income.”

ActionAid remains committed and continue to work with its local partners to respond to the crisis helping communities to build their resilience and upheld their dignity.

Contact the ActionAid press office on or on +263776665065.