UN / HAITI PRESSER

16-Nov-2022 00:03:33
A top UN official said that there is “quite a rapid and striking” increase of cholera cases in Haiti. UNIFEED
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 16 NOVEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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1. Wide shot, UN flag outside UN Headquarters

16 NOVEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press room dais, Ulrika Richardson on screen
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Ingeborg Ulrika Ulfsdotter Richardson, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Haiti, United Nations:
“We've seen actually quite a rapid and striking increase of cholera cases. So, the suspected cholera cases went from 152 on the sixth of October to almost 9000. And the confirmed cases went from 102 to over 800. Deaths went from four to 267, and we also now have actually close to 8000 hospitalized cases.”
4. Wide shot, press room dais, Ulrika Richardson on screen
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Ingeborg Ulrika Ulfsdotter Richardson, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Haiti, United Nations:
“Also very worryingly is the geographic spread of the Cholera because we're seeing Cholera being detected in eight of the ten provinces around the country.”
6. Med shot, journalist asking questions
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Ingeborg Ulrika Ulfsdotter Richardson, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Haiti, United Nations:
“But what we're very worried about is the insecurity which continues to show very, very concerning upward trends. In only the month of October, we have seen a total of 195 intentional homicides.”
8. Wide shot, press room dais, Ulrika Richardson on screen
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Ingeborg Ulrika Ulfsdotter Richardson, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Haiti, United Nations:
“In the month of October, we also counted 102 kidnappings, and also a total of 264 events of civil unrest have been registered by the National Police and 97 percent of them - meaning a big part of them, almost the majority - with a lot of level of violence ranging from barricades, stone throwing and also property damage, looting, shootings, etc.”
10. Med shot, journalist asking questions
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Ingeborg Ulrika Ulfsdotter Richardson, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Haiti, United Nations:
“The armed gangs, which continue to hold more or less 60 percent of the capital and its grip, if you wish, just to use that expression. They continue to use sexual violence, including rape, including also collective rapes, to instill fear and to punish, and to terrorize the local populations.”
12. Wide shot, press room dais, Ulrika Richardson on screen
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Ingeborg Ulrika Ulfsdotter Richardson, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Haiti, United Nations:
“We are also very concerned about the large number of displaced people as a result of the gang violence. We have currently 85,000 people displaced only in the capital, but we also see continued repatriations and also forced deportations.”
14. Wide shot, press room dais, Ulrika Richardson on screen
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Ingeborg Ulrika Ulfsdotter Richardson, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Haiti, United Nations:
“Yesterday we launched a flash appeal together with the government of Haiti, together with our partners, and it is a flash appeal of about $145 million to support the country's emergency response to the cholera outbreak but also to provide life-saving assistance to 1.4 million people living in the most affected areas. So, this is what we call cholera ‘plus flash appeal,’ meaning cholera but also responding to the other humanitarian difficulties such as the food insecurity.”
16. Wide shot, press room dais, Ulrika Richardson on screen
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A top United Nations official said that there is “quite a rapid and striking” increase of cholera cases in Haiti.

Briefing journalists today (16 Nov) in New York via video teleconference, Ulrika Richardson, Humanitarian, and Resident Coordinator in Haiti, said that the suspected cholera cases went from 152 on 6 October 2022 to almost 9,000; the confirmed cases went from 102 to over 800, and the deaths went from four to 267.

“And we also now have actually close to 8000 hospitalized cases,” she added.

Very “worryingly” is also the geographic spread of Cholera, now detected in eight of the ten provinces of Haiti, said Richardson.

The Resident Coordinator said that the situation in the country is not only concerning regarding the resurgence of cholera, but also its complex social and political context which adds to the security and humanitarian crisis that has paralyzed Haiti since September.

She said, “we're very worried about is the insecurity which continues to show very, very concerning upward trends. In only the month of October, we have seen a total of 195 intentional homicides.”

Firearms continue to be the most common weapon used.

Richardson said that in October, “we also counted 102 kidnappings, and also a total of 264 events of civil unrest have been registered by the National Police,” and 97 percent of them “with a lot of level of violence ranging from barricades, stone throwing and also property damage, looting, shootings, etc.”

She explained that the armed gangs, which hold 60 percent of the capital, continue to use sexual violence, including collective rapes, to instill fear, punish and terrorize the local population, and expand their influence.

The Resident Coordinator said that concerning is also the large number of displaced people as a result of the gang violence.

She noted, “We have currently 85,000 people displaced only in the capital, but we also see continued repatriations and also forced deportations.”

She also said that yesterday (15 Nov), the UN, together with the government of Haiti and partners, launched a Flash Appeal to provide rapid financial support to contain the spread of cholera in Haiti through WASH and health activities while responding to humanitarian needs, particularly in food security, nutrition, protection, and nutrition, in the most affected areas.

Fundings will also be allocated to support humanitarian partners' logistical capacities and strengthen the population's access to basic services. In total, the response strategy targets 1.4 million of the 1.6 million people in need of a financial requirement of $145.6 million.
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