Violent Protests Over Political, Economic Instability In Haiti Threaten To Cause Humanitarian Crisis; U.S. Considering Assistance Plan

IRIN: Briefing: Haiti’s new crisis and the humanitarian risks
“…The Caribbean country is now gripped by deadly protests over allegations of government corruption and the crippling effects of stubbornly high inflation — protests that could bring down President Jovenel Moïse and have already plunged the nation of 11 million people into renewed uncertainty. One of the most vulnerable countries to extreme weather events, Haiti has long had chronic problems trying to feed its population. … But the current political and economic crisis, aid officials are warning, will only worsen the humanitarian prognosis for what is already the poorest country in the western hemisphere…” (Obert, 2/19).

Miami Herald: U.S. looks to send food aid to Haiti as violence brews humanitarian crisis
“The Trump administration is working on a plan to provide a humanitarian aid package to Haiti, where water, medicine, and food are becoming increasingly scarce after nine days of consecutive protests, the Miami Herald and McClatchy Washington Bureau have learned…” (Charles/Ordoñez, 2/15).

PBS NewsHour: Violent protests in Haiti may mean a humanitarian crisis
“Violent protests in Haiti against the government are threatening the country with a humanitarian crisis. President Jovenel Moïse is refusing to resign, there is mounting debt, and allegations of corruption. Both the U.S. and Canada are warning citizens not to travel to Haiti and some tourists are stranded there. Miami Herald reporter Jacqueline Charles updates Hari Sreenivasan on the situation…” (2/16).

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