Since mid-2018, economic and political crisis has worsened in Haiti, and violence and insecurity have become widespread after the Haiti president’s assassination on July 7, 2021. According to OCHA, in Haiti there are currently 1,5 million people particularly affected by the impact of ongoing violence on humanitarian access, 19,000 internally displaced persons and 1,1 million in need of assistance in different neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince, as well as 400,000 in the South.
In addition, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked southwestern Haiti on August 14, bringing down over 53,000 buildings and forcing many to flee their homes, leaving thousands of people in precarious living conditions, in need of adequate shelter, water, and health services. An estimated 8,324 persons are currently displaced in identified locations.
Well over 20% of girls and boys have been victims of sexual violence. Furthermore, nearly 24% of the population lives below the poverty line of US$ 1.23 per day and nearly 46% of the population face acute food insecurity, with an estimated 217,000 children suffering from moderate-to-severe acute malnutrition.