Christian Aid supporting Displaced People in Wake of Haiti Crisis 

The international development charity, Christian Aid, is working with partners in Haiti to support people fleeing gang violence and is calling on the international community to scale up aid and work with all parties to guarantee humanitarian access.  

Armed groups have taken over most of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, and are carrying out violent attacks and killings with impunity. Over 350,000 people are estimated to be internally displaced primarily due to gang violence while supplies are becoming scarce.   

With funding from START Fund, Christian Aid’s local partner Konbit pou Ranfose Aksyon Lakay (KORAL) is providing support to 1,000 families who recently fled gang violence in the Port-au-Prince area and sought safety in Les Cayes, southern Haiti. KORAL will provide hygiene kits, cash for food and essentials, trauma counselling services and awareness raising sessions on gender-based violence and the prevention of sexual exploitation. 

Christian Aid has worked in Haiti since the 1980s to address climate change, economic justice, gender justice and humanitarian issues. However, violent protests and roadblocks have repeatedly led to the damage of communication infrastructure and the scarcity of fuel.  

Speaking from Haiti, Wilson Luxen Fevrin who works as Christian Aid’s Global Humanitarian Manager, said: 

Even before this escalation of violence, the humanitarian need in Haiti was acute. The situation has now turned into a nightmare. While our partners are helping as many fleeing people as they can, tens of thousands more have little to no place to go.   

For those who haven’t been able to flee, they are living under constant fear of violence and are finding it next to impossible to buy food, clean water and medical supplies. We need international leaders to act by supporting Haitians to deliver the changes they need. 

Christian Aid is therefore calling on the international community to scale up aid, work with all parties to guarantee humanitarian access, and develop a regional solution to end the arms trafficking that is enabling this violence.

Aldrin Calixte, who works as Executive Secretary at Haiti Survie, added: 

Those who have been displaced have lost everything including their homes, which were burnt down and the fruit of years of hard work.  

Internally displaced people are living in very difficult conditions, deprived of basic resources…in some places, we are seeing food prices go up by more than 20%. In the supermarkets, the shelves are practically empty. I believe that everyone must contribute to addressing this.

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