19/02/2004 - The growing intensification of the violent uprising against the Aristide Government is leading to supply bottleneck, especially in SOS Children's Village Cap Haitien.
The protests against Haiti's President Aristide, which had already begun by December 2003, have been taking on an increasingly violent form over the past weeks. By January, freedom of movement had already been greatly reduced due to the daily collapse of the transport system, the village directors of the SOS Children's Villages in Port-au-Prince and Cap Haitien, have called on mothers, children and youths to be particularly careful while the demonstrations are going on.
With the violent progress of militia from north to south, the general supply situation has also deteriorated in the poor house of the Caribbean - a country that with unemployment of 70% and a per capita income of one US dollar a day counts as one of the poorest in the world.
According to a report sent on Tuesday by José Pereyra, responsible for SOS Children's Villages in the country, SOS Children's Village Cap Haitien in the north of the country has also had its water and electricity supply cut off, fuel can only be bought at vastly inflated prices on the black market.
The situation in the SOS Children's Village in the capital, Port-au-Prince, remains relatively calm for the time being and there are no problems with the supply of goods for day-to-day requirements.