UN appeals for $120 million for Haiti hurricane victims
The international community responds to Hurricane Matthew
The United Nations (UN) has levied a flash appeal of nearly US$120 million to reach 750,000 people in Haiti with assistance and protection for three months, following last week’s devastating Category 4 hurricane, which killed a reported 1,000 in the Caribbean country.
“The United Nations is mobilizing across all fronts to support the people, the government and local groups such as the Red Cross in getting recovery underway as quickly as possible," said Ban Ki-moon, secretary general of the UN. “I call on the international community to show solidarity and generosity — and to work together effectively in responding to this emergency.”
The majority of the support will fund food and emergency agriculture, but other areas of focus will include water and sanitation, emergency shelter and health. In fact, the country was already in the midst of an outbreak of cholera, a waterborne disease. “Haiti has one of the highest incidence rates of cholera in the world,” said Marc Vincent, a UNICEF representative in Haiti. “Almost 10,000 people have died from the disease since 2010 and more than 27,000 suspected cases have been reported so far this year, an estimated one in three of them children.” This continues to be a threat as clean water becomes more difficult to access following the storm.
Christian Children’s Fund of Canada has joined with a partner working in Haiti to respond to the crisis. To learn more about the effects of the storm and how you can help provide, food, clean water and more to those in need, visit ccfcanada.ca/haiti-hurricane-matthew.