UN food aid.
The United Nations is distributing 8,000 tons of food and other
help for Haitians as part of efforts to confront unrest over rising
prices that set off recent rioting, reports AP (April 18, 2008). UN
spokeswoman Michele Montas said food provided by the World Food Program
will focus on children, pregnant women and nursing mothers in the north,
west and central regions of Haiti. The UN Children's Fund will
double its child feeding program to combat malnutrition and spend some
US$1.6 million on water and sanitation projects in the northwest and
Artibonite regions. The World Food Program and the UN mission in Haiti
continue to support various projects aimed at creating jobs. Some 2,500
Haitians are already employed by these projects which have a combined
budget of US$2.3 million.