Haitians die from cholera and the G20 says nothing about Haiti
Another scandal, as the government of Haiti and the UN office in Port-au-Prince launched an appeal on Tuesday, November 15, to raise $145.6 million to deal with a resurgent cholera epidemic, which has already killed 161 people in the country and is likely to increase if funds are not found.
Haiti is still hit by another severe humanitarian and security crisis. Haitians have been facing since early October a return of the disease that killed more than 10,000 people between 2010 and 2019.
The figures are alarming, and the public health service has given the following statistics:
– 8,708 suspected cases, 7,623 hospitalized cases and 802 confirmed cases in its epidemiological bulletin of Monday. The epidemic is evolving in 7 of the country’s 10 departments.
“Cholera is a preventable and treatable disease, and with their experience and expertise, national institutions have quickly put together a response strategy with the unwavering support of the entire local and international humanitarian community,” said the UN humanitarian coordinator in the country, Ulrika Richardson, in a statement.
The spokesman for the government of Haiti said that the head of government, Ariel Henry, took part in the ceremony of the funding appeal. The funds raised from the request are expected to “provide life-saving assistance to 1.4 million people living in the most affected areas,” the UN statement added.
“The cholera crisis is hitting already vulnerable populations hard,” the UN said, citing a recent report by the World Food Program (WFP), which said that for the first time in Haiti, some 19,000 people had fallen into the most acute food emergency, having to make do with just one meal a day made up of poor quality food.
In addition to this food insecurity, there is global insecurity. Since June 2021, nearly 100,000 people have had to flee their neighbourhoods to escape the violence of armed gangs, the UN office said.
It is high time that all humanitarian associations and wealthy states concretely help Haiti and Haitians. The people have been suffering for too long, it is no longer possible. This island has been accumulating setbacks for two centuries and the whole world is turning away from their suffering, especially France, which has financially asphyxiated this small free state that beat Napoleon.