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Donor Update - 14 June 2004
As in most conflict situations, children and women continue to bear the brunt of the crisis. Political violence has had a severe impact on children, particularly the most vulnerable, such as the children living on the streets, girls working as domestic servants and children orphaned by AIDS. Additional humanitarian needs have arisen from recents floods tthat left thousands of families homeless and without access to clean food, water and medical care.

UN Flash Appeal - 9 March 2004

The socio-economic and political crisis culminated with the departure of President Aristide on 29 February 2004. Haitians are now in urgent need of humanitarian assistance and protection following the recent violence. The objective of the Flash Appeal is to respond to urgent and immediate needs of the Haitian population and to quickly establish the basics for rehabilitation of social services and economic recovery. UNICEF will work in partnership with other UN agencies, non-governmental agencies and the Red Cross movement to implement these projects, as well as the relevant public administrations.

This English version (3.6MB) is a summary of the full Flash Appeal available in French.

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Appel humanitaire d'urgence - 9 mars 2004

La détérioration de la crise socio-économique et politique a culminé avec le départ du président Jean-Bertrand Aristide, le 29 février 2004. Suite aux violents incidents récents, la population haïtienne a désormais un besoin urgent d’aide humanitaire et de protection. L’objectif de l’Appel d’Urgence/ Flash Appeal des Nations Unies est de répondre aux besoins urgents et immédiats de la population haïtienne. L'UNICEF travaillera en partenariat avec les autres agences des Nations Unies, des ONGs ainsi qu’avec des administrations publiques pour réaliser les projets.

La version française de l’Appel d’urgence contient 91 pages (3MB)

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Donor Update - 22 March 2006

Haitian children continue to live in dire conditions due to violence linked with political instability, chronic poverty, and a virtually absent child protection system. Unless families are supported to regain or strengthen coping mechanisms, another emergency might be disastrous for children and women. Today 3 out of 4 of the 3.8m under 18 are vulnerable, deprived of basic services and victims of violence, exploitation and abuse. UNICEF estimates that across the country, 23% of children under-five suffer from moderate to severe malnutrition, with much higher rates in rural areas. Diarrhoea is the leading cause of death for children under-five – not surprising with only 50% of the population having access to water and 70% of water systems not functioning anywhere near full capacity. In addition, Haiti's HIV prevalence rate remains the highest in the region. It is estimated that, of over 300,000 HIV-positive men, women and children, 45,000 die of AIDS-related illnesses each year. Likewise, 5,000 babies are born with the infection every year and at least 200,000 children have lost one or both parents by AIDS. An estimated 19,000 children are living with HIV/AIDS; 6,000 among them need medical treatment, but only 300 have access to treatment. More than 70,000 school children did not have a chance to complete the school year in 2005. Against Haiti’s backdrop of violence and poverty, the problem of child labour has also grown with more than 300,000 in all, one out of ten, engaged in domestic work. Three-quarters of these are girls. In Port-au-Prince alone there are 2,500 street children, working and/or sleeping in the streets. About 1,000 children are associated with armed gangs in Port-au-Prince, as messengers, spies, and some even carry guns and participating in the fighting. More than half of girls and women living in those areas have been victims of rape.



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