The International Rescue Committee has warned that the humanitarian crisis in Haiti and Venezuela will worsen if more aid funds are not approved.
An estimated 4.7 million Haitians and 12.3 million Venezuelans currently face food insecurity, that is, insufficient food intake, as be it transitory, acute, seasonal or chronic
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The humanitarian crisis in Haiti and Venezuela will worsen if more aid funds are not approved. (EFE)
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) assured this Tuesday that hunger, Violence and diseases could worsen this year in both Haiti as in Venezuela if more assistance funds are not delivered to alleviate the grave humanitarian crisis to which millions have been subjected of people in these two countries.
It is estimated that 4.7 million Haitians and 12.3 million Venezuelans currently face food insecurity< /b>, that is, insufficient food intake, whether transient, acute, seasonal or chronic.
“The crises in Haiti and Venezuela represent protracted challenges that are shaking the entire region, but as conflicts intensify around the world, competing priorities are draining the attention they receive,” said the vice president. IRC regional, Julio Rank Wright.
Haiti ranked #9 on IRC's 2023 emergency watch list , below South Sudan and Burkina Faso and one notch above Ukraine.
IRC estimated that at least 5.2 million Haitians are in need of humanitarian aid and that around 40% of the country's citizens are forced to skip meals.
Gangs have become de facto authorities in various areas of Port-au-Prince , the capital of Haiti, after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in 2021.
Gangs have become de facto authorities in several areas of Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital, following the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in 2021. (AP)
Violence has displaced more than 155,000 Haitians inside their own country, the IRC said, while cholera infections have resurfaced, with more than 22,000 suspected cases registered in January.
The IRC said it is developing a response plan with local partners to fight cholera, provide health services and support survivors of gender-based violence.
Meanwhile, in Venezuela, the IRC said that health services are overloaded and medicine is inaccessible for some 9.3 million people after years of triple-digit inflation and one of the most serious political crises in the region.
It is estimated that 7 million Venezuelans have emigrated in the past years.
IRC also mentioned that climate change had displaced nearly 1.3 million peoplein northern Central America, exacerbating poverty and hunger.
The organization also expressed concern for Mexico, which received close to 250,000 asylum applications in the last two years and continues to support migrants expelled from the United States.
It is estimated that 7 million Venezuelans have emigrated in recent years. (REUTERS)
Mexico is the only country in the region mentioned by the IRC without a humanitarian response plan under UN guidelines, which makes it difficult to act and coordinate to offer assistance.
Meanwhile , the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) warned in its report “Regional Panorama of Food and Nutrition Security in Latin America 2022”, about the lack of access to a < b>healthy diet of more than 131 million people on the continent.
To the profound consequences of the pandemic of COVID-19 throughout Latin America and the Caribbean were added to the harmful effects of the war in Ukraine and an economic slowdown which, together with the multiple impacts of climate change, led to an increase in the prices of fertilizers and food.
According to the organization, it is a contradiction in which this part of the planet lives: with a food production potential that would support 1,300 million people -twice as many its population-, the region registers high levels of malnutrition, hunger and food insecurity, even above global averages, with 40.6% of the population suffering from moderate or severe food insecurity in 2021.
According to the new United Nations report, 22.5% of people in Latin America and the Caribbean do not have sufficient means to access a healthy diet. In the Caribbean, 52% of the population has been affected by this situation; in Mesoamerica this number reaches 27.8% and in South America 18.4%.
FAO warned about the lack of access to a healthy diet for more than 131 million people on the continent. (AP)
“No policy alone can provide the solution to this problem. It is necessary to strengthen national and regional coordination mechanisms to respond to hunger and malnutrition”, said the Deputy Director and Regional Representative of FAO for Latin America and the Caribbean, Mario Lubetkin.
(With information from Reuters and EFE)