Haiti in dire need of aid as humanitarian crisis deepens

A family digs up pieces of wood on the outskirts of Gonaives, Haiti, which they burn in a pit to create charcoal for sale at the local markets. This demand, coupled with the lack of alternative employment, has contributed to the deforestation and erosion crisis in the country. Photo: UNICEF/UNI43567/LeMoyne

A prolonged drought coupled with high levels of food insecurity and the constant risk of cholera has deepened the humanitarian crisis in Haiti.

That's according to the UN humanitarian agency, OCHA, which launched an appeal of over US$190 million dollars to meet the critical needs of 1.3 million people.

The ongoing presence of tens of thousands of people in displaced camps six years after the 2010 earthquake has also contributed to worsening the situation.

The island nation is enduring its third consecutive year of drought exacerbated by the global El Niño weather phenomenon.

OCHA's Jens Laerke has been speaking to Daniel Johnson about the urgency of getting aid to the people.

Duration: 4’46″

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