• Tuesday, Sep 29, 2020
  • Last Update : 05:03 pm

Haitians snatch aid as UN chief pays visit

  • Published at 10:47 pm October 16th, 2016
Haitians snatch aid as UN chief pays visit
Haitians desperate for relief from hunger and sickness in the wake of Hurricane Matthew looted United Nations trucks on Saturday during a short visit to a hard–hit port town by UN Secretary–General Ban Ki–moon, who promised more aid. The Category 4 hurricane tore through Haiti on October 4, killing about 1,000 people and leaving more than 1.4 million in need of humanitarian aid, including 175,000 made homeless. Flooding has triggered a new wave of cholera infections, a disease introduced to Haiti by UN peacekeepers a few months after the country’s last major humanitarian crisis, a destructive 2010 earthquake. “We are going to mobilise as many resources and as much medical support as we can to first of all stop the cholera epidemic and second support the families of the victims,” Ban said at a news conference. He promised a new trustee fund to tackle cholera. The storm also disrupted power, communications and transport links. Essential relief such as roofing, food and medicines has been slow to reach many areas, prompting locals to blockade roads to try to stop passing trucks, and some cases of looting. “I firmly condemn all attacks against humanitarian convoys. Today I personally witnessed a WFP (World Food Programme) truck being attacked,” Ban said during his one–day stop in Haiti, saying such incidents hurt those most in need. A coordinator for the American wing of the World Health Organisation said the UN base in Les Cayes that Ban arrived at was shut down after looting of two World Food Programme food containers outside the base on Saturday. The coordinator requested anonymity because she was not authorized to speak to the media. He visited a school housing hurricane victims, promising to help them and urging them to “stay strong.” As he approached his car to leave the school amid heavy security, locals shouted, “Our houses were destroyed ... Help us!” Ban’s visit was an opportunity for the South Korean to burnish his legacy at the world body before his final term expires at year end. Ban’s tenure has coincided with rape allegations in Central African Republic and a cholera epidemic in Haiti, both blamed on UN peacekeepers. Cholera has stalked the regions of Haiti affected by the hurricane, as towns dotting the coastline – many of which had not had the disease in months – have reported spikes in the number of cases and deaths. Many Haitians lack access to drinkable water after the storm.
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail