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Unicef warns Haiti’s healthcare system may collapse

Haiti's health system is now "on the verge of collapse". That's the warning from the UN's Children's Fund. It says there has been an "alarming decrease" in the number of hospitals still functioning in the violence-wracked Caribbean nation. Jody Jacobs has more from the United Nations in New York.  

todayMay 24, 2024 5


Haiti Can’t Survive Without the Kenyan-Led International Security Force

  The humanitarian conditions in Haiti are “cataclysmic,” the UN’s human rights commissioner said recently. A new transitional presidential council and an interim prime minister have just been installed, but a third essential element for political stability, an international security force to root out the deadly gangs, has yet to arrive. UNOCHA/GILES CLARKE     By Damilola Banjo   It’s no secret that gang violence and political instability are threatening […]

todayMay 2, 2024 11


UN calls for urgent aid for Haiti

The United Nations' humanitarian coordinator in Haiti has warned that without more money, aid in the country will be at risk. Addressing the media remotely from Port-au-Prince on Thursday, Ulrika Richardson said it would be a 'catastrophe' if the international body was unable to hand out meals to Haitians. This comes as foreign nationals continue to be evacuated from the country, as violence rips through the capital.

todayMarch 22, 2024 1


Can the UN Security Council Finally Wrap Its Mind Around Haiti? It’s Trying

More than 362,000 Haitians are displaced in their country as violence by armed gangs convulses the Caribbean island nation amid a government collapse, lack of a strong police force and an intervention force being long delayed to the country. A new transitional council, proposed by the Caribbean intergovernmental bloc, could stem the chaos. UNOCHA/HAITI  By Damilola Banjo   The United Nations Security Council endorsed an international police mission last fall to try […]

todayMarch 20, 2024 15


Haiti Prime Minister Ariel Henry resigns amid crisis

Embattled Haitian Prime Minister, Ariel Henry, has resigned following weeks of mounting pressure on him to step down. The country has been in chaos for several weeks as gangs have been attacking government structures and social order is on the brink of collapse. Henry is currently stranded in Puerto Rico after being prevented by armed gangs from returning home. According to Al Jazeera, regional leaders of the Caribbean Community have […]

todayMarch 12, 2024 3


How Haiti became a failed state

    By Nicolas Forsans, University of Essex   The US military started airlifting embassy staff out of Haiti overnight as the Caribbean island descends further into chaos. Rival gangs have joined forces to overrun the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince, in an attempt to force the resignation of the acting president, Ariel Henry. The gang leader behind the violence, Jimmy “Barbecue” Chérizier, has warned there will be a “civil war that […]

todayMarch 11, 2024 16


Haiti declares State-of-Emergency

Haiti has declared a 72-hour state of emergency and night curfew in and around the capital because of two jailbreaks and spiralling insecurity. The BBC reports that at the weekend, armed gangs stormed a major Port-au-Prince prison, leading to the killing of at least 12 people and the release of around 4,000 inmates. Gang leaders say they want to force the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry, who is outside […]

todayMarch 4, 2024 1