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Hurricane Matthew’s Blow – 100,000 Children At Risk, Access to Food Worsens

Saturday, November 5, 2016 1:26
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Human Wrongs Watch By UNICEF*

Threat of acute malnutrition, increased morbidity and mortality – In October 2016, at least 100,000 children under the age of five at risk as access to food worsens in the areas worst hit by Hurricane Matthew.

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An estimated 500,000 children live in the Grande Anse and Sud departments in southern Haiti, the areas worst hit by the full strength of the class 4 Hurricane Matthew. (Left) A bowl of beans culled from a devastated crop in Jérémie. (Right) An aerial view of southern Haiti.

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Coastal towns were severely damaged as were many homes in remote mountainous regions and many are staying in temporary shelters. (Left) A meal is prepared outside a church sheltering people displaced by the hurricane in Jérémie. (Right) A woman returns to her destroyed home.

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Increasing cases of diarrhoea and suspected cholera are concerning as their impact on malnourished children can be deadly. Even before the hurricane, 1 in 5 children suffered from chronic malnutrition. (Left) At a school in Les Cayes, a girl holds an empty pot. (Right) Children at a church in Jérémie.

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“The massive destruction of crops, livestock and livelihoods are putting even more lives at risk” says Marc Vincent, UNICEF Representative in Haiti. (Left) A meal is prepared outside a church in Jérémie while (right) a girl prepared rice indoors.

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Up to 90 per cent of crops have been lost in Matthew’s devastating passage, over 800,000 people need immediate food assistance. (Left) A pot of ground corn boils on the grounds of a school in Catiche. (Right) An woman amidst rotting avocados and a fallen tree outside her home in Duchity.

Hurricane Matthew: Help UNICEF to respond now.

*Source: UN Children Fund (UNICEF). Go to Original 2016 Human Wrongs Watch


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