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UN maintains humanitarian efforts despite violence in Haiti

United Nations, May 17 (Prensa Latina) The UN maintains humanitarian efforts to support people affected and displaced by violence in Haiti, which has impacted the capital neighborhoods.

Humanitarian organizations such as the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) or the International Organization for Migration (IOM) provide emergency assistance to thousands both inside and outside Port-au-Prince, despite the volatile situation.

The agencies distributed more than nine million liters of drinking water to over 70 thousand persons since March 1st.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs arrived this week at a displaced person’s shelter in Solino, south of the capital, currently housing nearly 900 displaced people. The team spoke to some of the refugees and partners working at the site, where resources are lacking despite the efforts of local NGOs.

Meanwhile, IOM supported another 20,000 displaced in Port-au-Prince since the end of February through the services of mobile clinics and another thousand children received psychosocial support in shelters between May 8th and 15th.

Nearly 362,000 Haitians have been forced to abandon their homes, half of them children, according to UN figures.

This week, the IOM assured that some 95 thousand persons fled the capital between March 8th and April 9th, 60 percent of them to the southern departments.

The UN estimates that at least 5.5 million Haitians will need humanitarian assistance in 2024, an increase from the 5.2 million estimated by the UN, and also warns of a disproportionate burden on women after rape rates skyrocketed due to unsafe conditions in many displacement sites.