UNICEF warns fuel shortage in Haiti is dangerous for women and children

The shortage of fuel in Haiti could put the lives of hundreds of women and children hospitalized because the facility lacks electricity, the United Nations Children’s Agency, UNICEF, said on Sunday (24/10).

Fuel supplies to the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, have been severely disrupted in recent weeks by a wave of kidnappings, including the kidnapping of a group of US and Canadian missionaries this month.

Transport industry leaders say fuel distribution is too dangerous for drivers who are at risk of being kidnapped or hijacked.

UNICEF said it had negotiated an agreement with a local company to provide fuel to hospitals in Port-au-Prince and the southern peninsula of Haiti, which was hit by an earthquake in August, but the company reneged on the agreement, fearing the current security situation. .

“The lives of many pregnant women and newborns are in danger because hospitals, which are supposed to provide life-saving care, cannot operate normally due to fuel shortages,” Raoul de Torcy, UNICEF Representative for Haiti, said in a statement.

Many Haitian businesses and institutions rely on diesel generators to keep electricity running due to frequent power outages.

A government spokesman did not immediately respond to requests Reuters to comment. [vm/rs]

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