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Heartbreaking News: UN Food Agency Reveals Devastating Cuts to Haiti Aid

The UN World Food Program on Monday announced deep cuts to emergency food assistance in Haiti that will see some 100,000 people go without aid this month, a move a top official called ‘heartbreaking.’

The UN World Food Program (WFP) has made a devastating announcement regarding emergency food assistance in Haiti. As a result of deep cuts, approximately 100,000 people will be left without aid this month. This decision has been described as “heartbreaking” by a top official.

Halfway through the year, the organization’s response plan in Haiti is only 16 percent funded, the agency said, and the cuts amount to a 25 percent reduction compared to June.

The WFP has revealed that, despite being halfway through the year, their response plan in Haiti is only 16 percent funded. This alarming situation has led to a 25 percent reduction in assistance compared to the levels seen in June.

Heartbroken Over Haiti’s Crisis

“These cuts could not come at a worse time, as Haitians face a multi-layered humanitarian crisis, their lives and livelihoods upended by violence, insecurity, economic turmoil and climate shocks,” said Jean-Martin Bauer, WFP country director for the Caribbean nation.

He added: “Unless we receive immediate funding, further devastating cuts cannot be ruled out.”

Jean-Martin Bauer, who serves as the WFP country director for Haiti, has expressed his deep concern over the timing of these cuts. With the Haitian population already grappling with multiple challenges including violence, insecurity, economic instability, and climate shocks, these reduced food assistance measures only exacerbate the ongoing humanitarian crisis. Bauer emphasizes the need for immediate funding to prevent any further devastating cuts.

  1. The Impact on School Meals

In the first six months of 2023, the WFP provided food or cash aid to approximately 1.5 million people in Haiti. This assistance also included school lunches for 450,000 children, a program that is now at risk of significant cuts. Without additional funding, nearly half of these children will be deprived of school meals when they return to class after the summer break, warns the agency.

  1. The Urgent Need for Funding

The WFP estimates that $121 million is required to sustain their operations in Haiti until the end of the year. The desperation for financial support is evident, especially in light of the country’s turbulent history. “It is heartbreaking. Haiti is a country that has suffered so much,” expresses Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General. He further emphasizes the shocking fact that Haiti, despite its proximity to great wealth, has often been forgotten.

  1. Haiti’s Fragile Situation

According to the UN, around half of Haiti’s population, which amounts to approximately 5.2 million people, is reliant on some form of humanitarian assistance. This includes a staggering 3 million children. The situation in Haiti has been further aggravated by an ongoing political crisis, compounded by the government’s loss of control over territory to armed gangs.

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