Following recent reports revealing the violence that children in Haiti suffer and witness in the context of current socio-political events, UNICEF expresses its deep concern and urges all parties to ensure the welfare of children, whatever their situation.
Protecting children must be a priority. UNICEF demands that all parties protect children and take the necessary measures to prevent them from being exposed to violent events that could endanger their lives and safety.
Working closely with the government and partners, UNICEF is working tirelessly to monitor the situation and do everything possible to maintain prevention and care services at all levels.
The children of Haiti cannot endure another escalation of violence. Children and their families have long suffered from the relentless waves of brutal violence perpetrated by armed groups in their neighborhoods, and every day they have to face new horrors, such as the disappearance of loved ones, the destruction of their homes due to fires or shootings, and the omnipresent shadow of fear.
As if that wasn’t enough, the population has witnessed some of the worst human rights violations and security attacks that have occurred in the country’s recent history. Political unrest, poverty, institutional and socioeconomic crises, outbreaks of disease, increasing rates of malnutrition, disasters, and the intensification of armed violence in recent years have left three million children in need of assistance. If the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate, more children will need help. The longer the crisis, the greater its impact and the irreversible damage it can cause to children’s well-being.
The current socio-political instability has disrupted essential social services such as education, health, and protection and affected the physical and mental well-being of children. We urge all stakeholders, including authorities at all levels, to end the violence and prioritize the restoration of basic social services for children so that they can be safely provided again.