Haiti

Haitians continue desperate struggle three months after successive storms – UN report

Almost half of the families uprooted by what the United Nations emergency relief chief had called the “worst disaster in the last 100 years” to strike Haiti are still unable to return to their homes, a UN spokesperson told reporters today.

Haiti: UN launches Operation Blue Shield to protect crime-ridden urban centres

Haitians beset by a staggering rise in acts of banditry, including kidnapping, are set to benefit from a new United Nations-backed urban security plan launched by the national police, including an increased presence and nighttime patrols.

Haiti: UN expert urges further progress to strengthen civil and political rights

The independent United Nations expert on the situation of human rights in Haiti has urged the impoverished Caribbean nation to make further progress in ensuring civil and political rights for its citizens, especially with regard to improving its penal system.

Haiti: UN mission funds public works projects employing more than 2,000 people

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) is providing $250,000 to fund two construction projects in the Central Plateau region of Haiti, one of the poorest regions in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

With seeds, water and ‘plastic’ UN helps Haiti offset hurricanes, food prices

With a packet of seeds, a stream of water and a prepaid remittance card the United Nations is racing against the clock to help Haiti recover from the triple whammy of four successive hurricanes, soaring food prices and the impact of the global economic downturn.

UN blue helmets respond to second school collapse in Haiti in five days

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) today rushed an emergency response team to the site of a collapsed school in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, where eight people were injured and sent to hospital this morning.

Senior UN official expresses sadness for deaths in school collapse in Haiti

The top United Nations humanitarian official today expressed his “heartfelt condolences” to those affected by the school building that collapsed in Haiti last week, as local authorities reported at least 89 people have died and 150 have been sent to hospital.

UN blue helmets continue rescue efforts one day after school collapses in Haiti

More than 24 hours after a school building in Haiti collapsed on hundreds of children during class, United Nations peacekeepers were still trying to rescue survivors from the rubble.

UN peacekeepers help in rescue effort after deadly school collapse in Haiti

United Nations peacekeepers are helping rescue workers dig through the rubble of a school building in Haiti after it collapsed this morning, killing at least 11 children and severely injuring dozens more.

UN rights chief calls on Haiti to strengthen fight against impunity

The top United Nations human rights official has called for strengthening Haiti’s police and judicial systems, as well as for greater assistance for the victims of the series of hurricanes that ravaged the tiny Caribbean nation in recent months.