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    Haiti: International Red Cross calls for greater effort

    The continuous cycles of armed violence, deficient health care and food shortages have been pointed out by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as the scourges that most plague the Haitian population.

    “We must intensify our collective efforts to respond to both the current emergency situation and long-term development needs,” the organization said in a statement on Tuesday.

    The Red Cross reports that at least 3 million Haitians suffer humanitarian needs of the first order, such as lack of food and lack of access to health services in the midst of increasing violence caused by the actions of the gangs that control the country.

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    The Caribbean island has experienced a serious insecurity problem since the assassination in July 2021 of President Jovenel Moise.

    Last summer, after the announcement of the cancellation of fuel price subsidies, popular protests broke outfollowed by the seizure of the country’s main port by criminal gangs.

    On Wednesday, Volker Türk, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, reported about his arrival in Haiti for a three-day visit.

    Türk plans to meet in Port-au-Prince with government officials, but also with representatives of the judiciary, civil society organizations and victims of human rights violations, reported Agence France-Presse.

    The latest wave of violence claimed the lives of more than 2 dozen police officers last week.

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    In 2022 alone, the UN reported 1,359 kidnappings and more than 2,000 murders in that nation, which meant an increase of one third more than in 2021.

    Source: VOA Español


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