Top UN Official Says Haiti Still in "Dire" Condition
    2010-04-16 02:53:19     Xinhua      Web Editor: Bao Congying

Deputy UN Secretary- general Asha-Rose Migiro said on Thursday that the situation in Haiti remains "dire" as she urged the international community to maintain the spotlight on the Caribbean country.

"Though commendable progress has been made there since Jan. 12, when the earthquake struck, the situation remains dire," Migiro, who just wrapped up a two-day visit to Haiti, told reporters here at the UN Headquarters in New York.

"What is clear is that there is a need to keep remembering Haiti," she urged. "There is a need to continue maintaining our attention on Haiti and to keep it in focus."

During her visit, Migiro surveyed the efforts of the UN and the Haitian government to protect camp residents from sexual violence and related problems.

Migiro, who arrived in the Caribbean country on Sunday, spent several hours at a camp in downtown Port-au-Prince, the ruined capital, where she held informal talks with residents and formal meetings with women's groups, who complained of sexual abuse in the camps.

"We will also have to increase security in camps," she noted.

Encouraged by the relocation effort of UN agencies, she said it has targeted more than 8,000 "most vulnerable people."

But more permanent solutions are needed, she warned, in such sectors as education, sanitation, shelter and medical facilities.

"We must together devise solutions that will help the Haitian Government recover, especially from the massive losses it has suffered in skilled civil servants, and also build up more strong governance structure," Migiro said.

"The people there are determined to build their own country with their own hands," Migiro said as she expressed confidence that Haiti "will recover" with the support from the international community and the United Nations.




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