GENEVA / HAITI CERF FUNDING

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The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, has allocated $5 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund to help meet the humanitarian needs caused by gang violence in Haiti. UNTV CH

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DATELINE: 19 AUGUST 2022, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / FILE

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19 AUGUST 2022, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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3. SOUNDBITE, (English) Jens Laerke, spokesperson, United Nations Office for The Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“The Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, has allocated $5 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to help meet the humanitarian needs caused by gang violence in Haiti. Since July, hundreds of people have been killed in clashes between gangs in Haiti's Cité Soleil. Many others have been trapped in the fighting, cutting off their access to drinking water, food, and health care.”
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5. SOUNDBITE, (English) Jens Laerke, spokesperson, United Nations Office for The Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“Overall, we estimate that nearly 280,000 people are affected by this situation. The CEFR allocation will help humanitarian agencies increase their response and funding through UNICEF and WFP. Our colleagues will provide food, drinking water, health care, mental health, and education support to more than 100,000 people in total.”
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7. SOUNDBITE, (English) Jens Laerke, spokesperson, United Nations Office for The Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“It is a small amount, but it is a critical amount of money right now. So that's the first function of the CERF. The second function of the CERF is more systemic. What often happens when we inject money from the CERF is that other donors follow because it comes, of course, with a message and a signal that this is critical lifesaving interventions we need now.”
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9. SOUNDBITE, (English) Jens Laerke, spokesperson, United Nations Office for The Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“The high level of insecurity in Haiti is compromising humanitarians’ access to affected people, for example, for food and cash distributions, but also to basic services such as health and education for between one and one and a half million people trapped in gang-controlled neighborhoods in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area.”
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11. SOUNDBITE, (English) Jens Laerke, spokesperson, United Nations Office for The Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“This year, an estimated 4.9 million patients, or about 43 percent of the total population, need humanitarian assistance. Our humanitarian response plan for the country, it's asking $373 million, is currently only 14 percent funded.”
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STORYLINE:
The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, has allocated $5 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to help meet the humanitarian needs caused by gang violence in Haiti.

The funding injection comes amid the killing of hundreds of people in clashes between gangs in Haiti's Cité Soleil since July, the United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA) spokesperson, Jens Laerke, said on Friday (19 Aug).

Many others have been trapped in the fighting, which has cut off their access to drinking water, food, and health care.

“Overall, we estimate that nearly 280,000 people are affected by this situation,” Laerke added.

Cité Soleil, with an estimated population of around 300,000, is one of the most deprived communes in Port-au-Prince.

Its humanitarian and development needs were huge even before the current upsurge in violence.

According to the UN, between 8 and 17 July, over 471 people were killed, injured, or unaccounted for.

Serious incidents of sexual violence against women and girls and boys being recruited by gangs have also been reported.

Around 3,000 people have fled their homes, including hundreds of unaccompanied children, while at least 140 houses have been destroyed or burnt down.

Humanitarian Coordinator, Ulrika Richardson, called on all parties to end the deadly violence and ensure an open humanitarian corridor to Cité Soleil to allow unhindered access to emergency humanitarian and medical assistance for all residents.

The CERF allocation will help humanitarian agencies increase their response to the situation, and funding through the UN Children's fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) will provide food, drinking water, health care, mental health, and education support to more than 100,000 people in total, the OCHA spokesperson explained.

Laerke pointed out that while “it is a small amount,” it is “a critical amount of money right now.”

He said that with a high level of insecurity in Haiti, humanitarians’ access to affected people had been compromised.

In addition to food or cash distributions, “basic services such as health and education for between 1 million to 1.5 million people” have been “trapped in gang-controlled neighborhoods in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area.”

According to Laerke, an estimated 4.9 million Haitians, or about 43 percent of the total population, need humanitarian assistance this year.

However, “the Haiti humanitarian response plan, asking $373 million, is currently 14 percent funded,” he warned.

Established by the UN General Assembly in 2005, CERF enables humanitarian responders to deliver life-saving assistance wherever crises strike.

Since March 2006, CERF has received pledges and contributions from 126 UN Member States and public and private donors.

This has allowed humanitarian partners to deliver over $5.5 billion in life-saving assistance in over 100 countries and territories.

Laerke explained that following the injection of money from the CERF, “other donors follow because it comes with a message that this is critical lifesaving interventions we need now.”

The funding comes as UNICEF warned that more than 250,000 children in Haiti do not have access to adequate schools.

Reconstruction has been delayed by insecurity and lack of funds, the UN Agency said in a statement.

Of the 1,250 schools destroyed or damaged by the earthquake on 14 August 2021, the majority still have not been rebuilt.

At the end of 2021, UNICEF requested $97 million through the 2022 Humanitarian Appeal for Children to reach 950,000 people, including 520,000 children in Haiti.

To date, it has only received 30 percent of the funding needed to meet Haitian children's basic health, education, nutrition, and protection.

Without $64.6 million in urgent funding, UNICEF will be unable to aid the most vulnerable in Haiti, the Agency warned.
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