UN worried over attacks on aid convoys in hurricane-hit Haiti

UN worried over attacks on aid convoys in hurricane-hit Haiti


The United Nations is concerned at the rise in looting and attacks targeting emergency aid deliveries in hurricane-ravaged Haiti, a UN official told AFP on Sunday.

Food, medicine and other essential aid has been slow to reach many hard-hit areas. Some desperate Haitians have taken to blocking parts of the road crossing the southern peninsula to intercept humanitarian convoys, in some cases looting them.

“It’s obviously a concern for the coordination and delivery of aid,” said Mourad Wahba, the UN humanitarian coordinator in Haiti. “But the response must focus on more than security.”

“People are hungry and we must successfully unblock the roads to help them.”

On Saturday, a World Food Program truck with relief supplies was looted at the entrance to the UN base in the port city Les Cayes, one of the worst affected by Hurricane Matthew which crashed ashore on October 4 with winds of 145 miles (230 kilometers) per hour.

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