Haiti – FLASH : 8,550 people fled the combat zones
According to Jean Negot, Director General of the National Migration Office (ONM), 8,550 displaced people who fled the violence of armed gangs at Martissant and at the bottom of Delmas, have been identified, including 4,964 women and 3,586 men, refugees in 7 sites identified by the ONM.
Distribution of accommodation sites (2,704 families) :
Carrefour: 1,115 displaced (603 women and 51 men);
Delmas 2: Salvation Army premises 2,148 displaced persons (1,037 women and 445 men);
Delmas 103: Community school 565 displaced mostly disabled;
Solino: Parc Celtic 1,112 displaced (668 women and 444 men);
Poste Merchant : 152 displaced (82 women and 70 men);
BNC village: 1,499 displaced (997 women and 502 men);
Tabarre: Isaa land 2,625 displaced (1,304 women and 1,321 men)
Pradel Henriquez, the Minister of Communication painted a gloomy picture of the increase in acts of gang violence in certain neighborhoods of the metropolitan region which pushed these people to abandon their homes, thus creating an internal humanitarian crisis and launched an appeal “to a synergy of all the active forces of the country to eradicate this scourge which plagues our working-class neighborhoods.”
For her part Jessie Menos, the Minister Delegate in charge of human rights and extreme poverty pleaded in favor of a revolution for the well-being of all, advocating a sincere dialogue between the different sectors of national life to discuss the evils that plague our society.
In order to address adequate measures and avoid any duplication in actions and better coordinate aid, the Government has set up a “task force” made up of the Ministries of Social Affairs and the Interior, the Office of the Secretary of State for the Integration of People with Disabilities and the Economic and Social Assistance Fund (FAES).
It is important to remember that since the start of the violence in the neighborhoods concerned, the Government has already provided various aid to the victim families. Food kits were distributed in several IDP sites.
The FAES distributed 2,500 hot dishes per day at the Carrefour sports center and 503 hot dishes at the Delmas reception center where people from low Delmas are accommodated, as well as people with reduced mobility. A thousand hygienic kits in Carrefour and 500 in Delmas were also distributed
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