Haiti Faces Humanitarian Crisis After Matthew

By Erika Ota Liedtke, International News Writer

On October 3, Hurricane Matthew, a category four storm, arrived on Haitian land. This natural disaster killed over 900 people, swept away livestock, brought a shortage of drinkable water, leading Haiti to a humanitarian crisis.

According to BBC News, UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, voiced the heartbreaking conditions in the country and made a call for others in the international community to help. Further affirming Haitian sentiment that the humanitarian response to their crisis has not been sufficient, Ban Ki-Moon also told BBC, “I am disappointed by the response of the international community.”

As reported by BBC, an approximate of three-quarters of the one million people living in Haiti are in need of immediate help.

Over 175,000 lives are homeless, their houses are destroyed and cases of cholera are beginning to manifest. Conditions are especially bad in the southern part of the island, the area which was hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew.

While help is being delayed, more Haitians are dying, due to the spread of disease, malnutrition, and a growing lack of access to clean drinking water. Aid has been so scarce that some people have been seen attacking UN aid trucks in order to get their needed supplies.

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, October 25th print edition.

Contact Erika at

erika.otaliedtke@student.shu.edu

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