Concern staff and project participant walk on dirt path in Haiti.
Kieran McConville/Concern Worldwide

Concern’s work in Haiti continues despite weekend violence

Concern Worldwide is continuing to provide vital humanitarian support to communities in Haiti, despite a state of emergency declared by the government following widespread violence by armed gangs in the capital, Port-au-Prince, over the weekend.

“There is great uncertainty, with some parts of the city more stable than others. Our 70-strong team are continuing to work to meet the escalating needs of communities,” Concern’s Country Director in Haiti, Kwanli Kladstrup said.

“With an estimated five million of Haiti’s 11 million population currently facing acute hunger, peace and security needs to be established as quickly as possible to enable humanitarian work to be ramped up further,” she said.

Haiti’s state of emergency was announced, and a nighttime curfew was imposed after violent clashes between the police and armed gangs in the capital damaged communications and resulted in thousands of prisoners being freed from jail.

Haiti remains one of the top five most food-insecure countries in the world, with tens of thousands of people living one step below the technical threshold for famine in some areas.

Concern is currently providing a range of support including food assistance, water and sanitation, and psychosocial support for survivors of gender-based violence.

“The needs are enormous and the situation is made even worse by the recent escalation in violence.  Everybody is traumatized and we are seeing increased numbers of people being forced to flee their homes – often bringing nothing with them – to escape the fighting,” Kladstrup said.