The violent situation in Haiti’s urban areas has significantly degraded in recent weeks, resulting in forced displacement as well as numerous deaths and injuries. There was a significant upsurge in clashes between rival gangs over the weekend of 4-6 June, as they sought to exert control over different slums in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area.
Based on currently available data, more than 1,000 people have reportedly been displaced over the last four days due to serious security incidents, particularly in Martissant neighbourhood. This surge in displacement comes in addition to over 4,000 people displaced in recent months due to similar incidents.
Most of the displaced (including children) are settling in informal sites and are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance such as shelter, food, water and sanitation, clothing and other non-food items. Response efforts are underway to provide shelter and distribute hot meals and hygiene kits to these vulnerable families.