PM Holness Calls for Urgent Action to Address Humanitarian Crisis In Haiti

Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (Photo via JIS)

(Jamaica Information Service Press Release) Prime Minister, the Most. Hon. Andrew Holness, says there is need for urgent action to deal with the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Haiti.

“Almost half of the country, 5.2 million persons, are facing acute hunger, a number that has regrettably grown since the start of the year. It is also deeply alarming that the children of Haiti, the future of the country, are being disproportionately affected, as they face a high risk of malnutrition, underdevelopment, illness and death,” Mr. Holness said.

The Prime Minister was speaking virtually at a special meeting in support of Haiti, held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Friday (June 16).

Nearly half of the population in Haiti does not have enough to eat. In rural areas, 76 per cent of people are affected by food insecurity.

Mr. Holness said the humanitarian crisis is compounded by increasing violence and insecurity, forcing many to flee their homes or leave the country, often under unsafe conditions.

Read more at: Jamaica Information Service

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