Numerous natural disasters and the complex economic situation have left a big part of the Haitian population starving. The number of people facing food shortages doubled between 2018 and 2019 reaching 2.6 million, or 25 percent of the population, a press release by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations said.
According to the latest CIA World Factbook report, Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Two-fifths of all Haitians depend on the agricultural sector that is vulnerable due to frequent natural disasters. Three-quarters of the population lives on US$2 per day or less.
Situation desperate as unemployment & food insecurity grows amid rampant inflation. Over 1000 Haitians lineup in front of Dominican consulate in Petionville, #Haiti tonight to provide a passport in hopes of receiving a visa to work in the DR. This is life under the #PHTK. pic.twitter.com/LPV8dLhlao— Haiti Information Project 📡 (@HaitiInfoProj) August 7, 2019
Recent food shortages in Haiti have caused acute malnutrition among more than 5,000 children under the age of five. The European Commission announced in the press release on Tuesday that it has mobilized €9 million to tackle the food crisis in Haiti. Continue reading
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