US promises more help to Haiti earthquake victims


Port-au-Prince, Haiti — The United States has promised an additional $ 32 million to help victims of a magnitude 7.2 earthquake on Thursday. This is because the country’s interim prime minister defended the government’s response.

The US Agency for International Development’s Samantha Power Department said the US government had learned from the 2010 Haiti earthquake and that USAID is working closely with Prime Minister Ariel Henry’s government.

“This $ 32 million fund will provide additional shelter, health, food, water, and other emergency life-saving assistance,” said Power, with the opinion and guidance of the Haitian government. “Perhaps the most important lesson (since 2010) is that development agencies, the military and diplomatic corps cannot import perfect humanitarian responses from a distance. To reach a community in need, the locals It requires expertise and local leadership. “

The August 14 earthquake killed more than 2,200 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless on the southwestern peninsula of Haiti. Power and Henry said providing emergency shelter was a top priority almost two weeks after the quake.

The building is in ruins
On August 17, 2021, three days after the magnitude 7.2 earthquake, the building was abandoned the morning after the tropical cyclone Grace struck Les Cayes in Haiti. (Fernando Llano / AP Photo)

Henry spoke with him at the capital’s international airport when U.S. military planes brought people and supplies to the country, despite the turmoil caused by the assassination of President Jovenel Moise on July 7, and his government responded to relief. He said he was adjusting.

“The Haitian government faces many challenges,” Henry said. “We have political and financial difficulties, but despite all these issues, we are tackling the challenges of earthquakes.”

He rejected allegations that the government was in turmoil. “There is a Haitian government,” he said. Since the quake, non-governmental organizations and US government agencies in the quake zone have been much more prominent. For days, relief efforts were hampered by the inability to safely move relief supplies and earthquake victims through gang-controlled areas south of the capital.

The government has promised more security.

Moise was killed by a team of mercenaries who broke through the presidential palace. An investigation into his murder is still underway.

“Anyone who has a finger on the president’s murder will face justice,” Justice Minister Rockefeller Vincent said Thursday.

Vincent said the new investigative judge appointed this week has all the resources needed to carry out the investigation. The first judge appointed in the case resigned four days later. Vincent has announced a $ 60,000 reward for information that could lead to the arrest of three fugitives in the case.

“I want the people to calm down and let justice do the work,” Vincent said.

Christopher Sherman and Even’s Sanon

Associated Press