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20/08/2017 10:26:27

Haiti - Humanitarian : More than 215,121 Haitians left voluntarily or by force, the DR for Haiti
On Saturday, 19 August, World Humanitarian Day was celebrated in Haiti "in a fragile humanitarian context where the country still faces a convergence of important humanitarian needs [...] to save human lives and maintain the resilience ofmost vulnerable populations," said Vedaste Kalima, Head Office, a.i. of the nited Nations for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Haiti, recalling "while the country was recovering from the post-earthquake context of 2010, Hurricane Matthew has aggravated the lives of Haitians already vulnerable, especially in the Greater South, where about 1.4 million people remain in dire need of humanitarian assistance or rehabilitation. In addition, 2.35 million people are on severely acute food insecurity in the ten departments of the country and 37,967 internally displaced persons continue to live in camps, erected after the 2010 earthquake.

On the other hand, the humanitarian community operating in Haiti is closely observing the binational situation in the border area with the Dominican Republic where cases of deportation or voluntary return of Haitian migrants continue [...]"

While thousands of Haitians are fleeing the US, seeking refuge in Canada fearing deportation if their US Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is not renewed on January 22, 2018 https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-21037-haiti-flash-extension-of-tps-procedures-to-follow.html and that the Government of Haiti affirms at the same time not being able to welcome in Haiti the 60,000 Haitians concerned https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-21788-haiti-politics-haitian-migrant-file-end-of-mission-in-canada.html , the International Organization for Migration (IOM), reveals that between June 2015 and July 2017, 215,121 Haitians living in an irregular migratory situation on the Dominican territory voluntarily returned or were deported to Haiti by the Dominican Republic. The structures of reception and accompaniment of returnees, remain clearly insufficient or are nonexistent in the border area on the Haitian side...

At a time when Haiti faces these multiple and growing humanitarian challenges, funding to address the highest priority humanitarian needs is decreasing. To date, the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) is funded only at 19.5%, or US $ 56.9 million received out of a total of $ 291.5 million requested. Underfunding in Haiti limits the ability of humanitarian actors to provide more effective and appropriate responses to the most critical needs of the most vulnerable.

While little funding has been allocated to the food security sector, housing and non-food items, no funds have been allocated to the sectors: recovery, coordination and management of camps / sites and nutrition. Also, the humanitarian community calls upon the Government of Haiti to engage in strong advocacy with donors to continue to fund the HRP, to preserve the lives of the most vulnerable populations and strengthen the resilience of communities affected by the convergence of crises and facilitate their recovery.

HL/ S/ HaitiLibre

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