Haiti

Haiti Weekly Emergency Situation Report No. 37 (30 May to 12 Jun 2005)

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Situation update

The entire country continues in UN security phase III. The increase in violence, witnessed since mid-March, has fuelled further security concerns following incidents targeting both transitional institutions and MINUSTAH.

Shootings and security incidents continue in many areas of Port-au-Prince. Furthermore, criminal acts are occurring more frequently in neighbourhoods so far considered safe where most UN personnel's residences are located, such as Musseau, upper Delmas , Petion-Ville and Pacot.

Gangs continue to operate mainly targeting the local population, the Haitian National Police (HNP) and the MINUSTAH troops. A remarkable increase of shooting incidents in the area of Delmas directly targeting MINUSTAH installation and personnel were reported. The security situation around the port terminals and WFP warehouses of Port-au-Prince is deteriorating, interfering slightly with the deliveries of WFP goods. Furthermore, slight increase in insecurity and robberies incidents in Fort-Liberte, North and North-East has been reported.

From May 30 to June 12, more than 40 Haitians citizens and children's were kidnapped in various zones of Port-Au-Prince. No case of killings was reported within the kidnapped cases.

On May 31, alleged gang members burned "Tete Boeuf" market, an important commercial zone down town in Port au Prince, 12 burned bodies were confirmed found. On the same day, the French Honorary Consul was killed on the road to the airport.

On May 31, in a press release, the MINUSTAH Force commander announced tolerance 0 for the gangs criminal activities.

On June 3 and 4, it has been reported that 17 people were killed in police raids in the slums of Haiti's capital after the government announced it would get tougher on gangs.

On June 5, in light of numerous incidents occurring downtown, a travel restriction was issued by UN Security on Route National No.1 and Boulevard des Industries. Furthermore all movements to the area of Sonapi and Shodecosa (where WFP warehouse is situated) were restricted for UN personnel, unless operational requirement justify (security clearance required).

On June 8, Mr. Butteur Métayer, Cannibal Army Leader & representative of the National Reconstruction Front Party, died reportedly of natural cause in Gonaives. Guy Philippe leader of Front Reconstruction National said to the media that surely Meteyer was poisoned. The news had low impact moreover the situation in Gonaives remains calm.

On June 8, in Cite Soleil, the private truck of a national humanitarian organization loaded with medicine was looted by armed gangsters, no further information available.

On June 9, a MINUSTAH CIMCOORD Staff Officer, his Haitian translator, and two Haitian Red Cross staff were injured during a shooting attack by armed gangsters while carrying out a mission in the Cite Soleil Hospital. One of the Haitian Red Cross staff was seriously injured and evacuated to Dominican Republic.

On June 9, in a usually safe area of Port Au Prince, a failed attempt of kidnapping on the children of a WFP National Officer occurred. The children are reported safe. One by-stander was shot by the gangsters during the attempt. All support possible was given by the Country Director a.i. to WFP staff.

From June 9 to 12, more than 8 persons were reported kidnapped, including the Chief of Protocol of the Haitian Government, who was rescued the day after he was kidnapped.

Implementation and operations update

During the reporting period, a total of 980 MT of food were delivered to health centres and schools (PRRO and CP) in the West, North and North-East departments and Port-au-Prince and to the various implementing partners of PRRO activities in the North-West and Central Plateau.

Resourcing update

The total food stocks estimated at 4,465 MT are in WFP warehouses and available for distribution.

In country food stocks, (June 12 2005)

COMMODITIES
PAP
CAP
TOTAL in WFP warehouses
WSB/CSB/PWB
199
89
288
RICE
1,450
515
1,965
BISCUITS
MML
17
17
PULSES
778
56
834
HUILE
982
40
1,022
CAN FISH
64
27
91
CAN BEEF
9
9
SUGAR
155
75
230
SALT
2
7
9
TOTAL
3,647
818
4,465


Total Stock in WFP warehouses: 4,465 MT

Any other issues

A Simulation Exercise took place during two days June 9 - 10 in order to evaluate the comprehensiveness and effectiveness of the United Nations System Contingency Plan for the 2005 Hurricane Season. WFP actively participated to the exercise by coordinating the Food Aid Group.