The deportation of Haitians from the city of Del Rio, Texas, in the US, continue, despite protests by social organizations and elected officials.
The coordinator of the National Migration Office, Jean Negot Bonheur Delva, confirmed that 57 percent of these migrants were women and children deported with their parents.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned that citizens are deported without proper protection, which makes them more vulnerable to poverty, gang violence and displacements, in a time when Haiti is facing a number of disasters, a pandemic and insecurity.
The organization also expressed concern about the families in Del Rio, and estimated that 40 percent of the migrants are children and teenagers who are living in inadequate and overcrowded conditions.
In this sense, UNICEF committed to provide aid, access to protection services, delivery of drinking water and hygiene kits, as well as psycho-social support and educational supplies to migrants.
For its part, the National Migration Office will activate, as soon as possible, a psychological unit to help migrants, said Delva, who expects the aid and integration program can guarantee a safe and dignified return of Haitian citizens.