UN / HAITI

26-Sep-2022 00:03:03
The head of the UN Mission in Haiti, Helen La Lime, told Security Council members, “An economic crisis, gang crisis, and political crisis have converged into a humanitarian catastrophe.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 26 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations

26 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Helen La Lime, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Haiti and Head of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH):
“An economic crisis, a gang crisis, and a political crisis have converged into a humanitarian catastrophe.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Helen La Lime, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Haiti and Head of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH):
“The UN system in Haiti estimates at least 1.5 million people have been directly impacted by recent gang violence, with gender-based violence, and in particular rape, being used systematically.”
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7. SOUNDBITE (English) Helen La Lime, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Haiti and Head of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH):
“The present generalized insecurity has also severely curtailed humanitarian access. Before the current bout of civil unrest, some 4.9 million Haitians were in a state of humanitarian need. In the last two weeks alone, attacks on WFP have resulted in the loss of some 2,000 tonnes of food aid valued at close to five million dollars, that would have collectively supported up to 200,000 of the most vulnerable Haitians over the next month.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Helen La Lime, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Haiti and Head of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH):
“A Haitian-led political solution is the first necessary step to address the current crisis. To support Haitians in their effort towards a better future, this Council must take urgent action.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Valerie Guarnieri, Deputy Executive Director, World Food Programme (WFP):
“Instead of the progress we were hoping for and dreaming of, today the situation in Haiti has sadly reached a new level of desperation.”
12. Med shot, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Valerie Guarnieri, Deputy Executive Director, World Food Programme (WFP):
“We expect the food security to further deteriorate this year, so passing the record high of 4.5 million people estimated to face crises or worse cases of acute food insecurity, including 1.3 million people in emergency.”
14. Med shot, Security Council
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Valerie Guarnieri, Deputy Executive Director, World Food Programme (WFP):
The severity of the violence, the depth of the needs, and the risk to the populations and those of us who are trying to help them in Haiti is severe. Haiti needs help now.”
16. Wide shot, Security Council
17. SOUNDBITE (French) Jean Victor Généus, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Worship, Haiti:
“Given the brutal deterioration in the situation, the government has been focused on re-establishing security in the country to guarantee to resume economic activity. And I can announce that except for a few isolated cases, the situation is overall under control and calm is back in several parts of the country.”
18. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
The head of the UN Mission in Haiti, Helen La Lime, told Security Council members today (26 Sep), “An economic crisis, gang crisis, and political crisis have converged into a humanitarian catastrophe.”

According to La Lime, the UN system in Haiti estimates that at least 1.5m people have been directly impacted by recent gang violence, with gender-based violence, and in particular, rape, being used systematically.

Generalized insecurity has also severely curtailed humanitarian access, noted La Lime.

She added that before the current bout of civil unrest, some 4.9 million Haitians were in a state of humanitarian need.

In the last two weeks alone, attacks on WFP have resulted in the loss of some 2,000 tonnes of food aid valued at close to five million dollars, that would have collectively supported up to 200,000 of the most vulnerable Haitians over the next month.

La Lime concluded, “A Haitian-led political solution is the first necessary step to address the current crisis. To support Haitians in their effort towards a better future, this Council must take urgent action.”

Valerie Guarnieri, Deputy Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), said, “Instead of the progress we were hoping for and dreaming of, today the situation in Haiti has sadly reached a new level of desperation.”

She also said, “We expect the food security to further deteriorate this year, so passing the record high of 4.5 million people estimated to face crises or worse cases of acute food insecurity, including 1.3 million people in emergency.”

Guarnieri reiterated, “The severity of the violence, the depth of the needs, and the risk to the populations and those of us who are trying to help them in Haiti is severe. Haiti needs help now.”

Also briefing the Security Council, Jean-Victor Généus, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Worship of Haiti, said, “Given the brutal deterioration in the situation, the government has been focused on re-establishing security in the country to guarantee to resume economic activity. And I can announce that except for a few isolated cases, the situation is overall under control and calm is back in several parts of the country.”
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