Looting of Haiti caused loss of some $6 million in relief supplies, WFP says

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Sept 26 (Reuters) – Looting in Haiti this month has resulted in the loss of at least $6 million in humanitarian aid, including 2,000 tonnes of food, a World Food Program official said on Monday, as the Caribbean nation is plagued with civil unrest and chronic gang violence. .

Protests erupted across Haiti after Prime Minister Ariel Henry’s September 11 announcement of a fuel price hike, sparking protests and street violence, including the looting of WFP warehouses.

“In the space of a week, WFP in Haiti lost a third of our food stocks as two of our four warehouses were deliberately targeted, looted and looted,” said Valérie Guarnieri, WFP Deputy Executive Director during a meeting of the UN Security Council.

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“We estimate that at least six million dollars worth of relief supplies were lost,” Guarnieri said, adding that the looting had affected other nonprofits and United Nations agencies.

The Haitian government decided this month to cut fuel subsidies, citing their high cost, sparking outrage in a country already struggling with record inflation.

Several days after this announcement, gangs blockaded the Varreux oil terminal by digging trenches and filling nearby streets with empty shipping containers, preventing fuel distribution trucks from approaching the facility.

Gangs have been blocking roads from the capital to the country’s rural provinces for months, disrupting daily activities in the country and complicating aid agencies’ efforts to distribute food to the country’s poorest.

“Under such conditions, fundamental rights – from freedom of movement to education – are catastrophically undermined,” said Helen La Lime, head of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti, during the same session.

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Reporting by Brian Ellsworth; Editing by Stephen Coates

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