CRISIS UPDATE: 7th week of protests shutters the nation
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The 7th straight week of anti-corruption protests in Haiti commenced with continued intensity. Here are the latest updates:
Policemen in the National Police Force of Haiti (PNH) have entered the streets to protest dismal pay and treatment. >> Read more: Al Jazeera, "Two dead as hundreds of police, supporters march in Haiti"
The U.S. Department of State issued a statement urging stakeholders to start discussing ways to resolve issues that are gridlocking the country. >> Read more: Voices of America, "US Deplores Haiti Gridlock, Urges Dialogue to Resolve Nation's Problems"
President Moise appealed to the US government for humanitarian aid. >> Read more: Associated Press, "Haiti President requests US humanitarian aid amid protests"
Since the first week of protests, 2 million children have remained out of school, more than 20 have been killed and over 100 injured.
At Pwoje Espwa, conditions remain the same:
Kindergarten, primary and secondary schools are still closed.
Children are engaged with various activities with the support of child care staff.
We continue to preserve fuel and food reserves, as resources are still difficult to access or remain unavailable in town.
Social workers from PES, IBESR, and CFRAPS continue to check in frequently with residential children as well as families receiving support as a part of our Family Reunification project.
Security guards are alert and providing 24/7 security for children and staff.
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MORE HAITI IN THE NEWS:
The New Yorker, "As protests again sweep Haiti, how can the nation move forward?"
The Haitian Times, "US Urge Haitians to End Political and Economic Crisis"
The Guardian, "Why people are protesting in Haiti - video report"