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Famine stalks Port-au-Prince

Port-au-Prince, Mar 14 (Prensa Latina) Famine stalks this capital today, where the persistent violence in gang-controlled areas prevents the population from acquiring food.

“Famine in Port-au-Prince is imminent, the director of the World Food Program of the United Nations Organization (WFP), Jean-Martin Bauer, said.

Haiti is experiencing one of the most serious food crises in the world,” Bauer said, regretting that 1.4 million people are haunted by this scourge.

Among the population, many are cutting back on meals and consuming lower quality products, leading to high rates of undernourishment.

Haiti relies on food imports for 50 percent of its needs, Bauer said.

WFP located supplies in Port-au-Prince and can distribute them through local partners, but the capital remains under siege.

“No one can get in or out” and the same goes for the supply of food aid stocks, lamented the top WFP official, who warned that more than 200,000 children are vulnerable to acute malnutrition. jav/mem/joe