Panama City. Haiti Hebdo.- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) announced on Monday that, starting January 1st, a delegation for Haiti will operate as part of its reorganization in Panama.
The current mission in Haiti, formerly under the ICRC’s Regional Delegation for Panama and the Caribbean, will transform into a new delegation for the country. The ICRC, which returned to Haiti in August 2021, disclosed in October its plans to strengthen humanitarian activities in Haiti in 2024 due to the ongoing crisis of armed violence in the Caribbean nation.
The committee emphasized prioritizing access to humanitarian aid for those most affected by armed violence. Haiti is grappling with a severe crisis marked by extreme violence, with armed groups controlling the capital, Port-au-Prince, and other parts of the country, leading to numerous murders, rapes, kidnappings, and other crimes.
Additionally, starting January 1st, the new mission for Panama will operate under the Regional Delegation of the ICRC for Mexico, Central America, and Panama. Simultaneously, coverage of ICRC activities in thirteen Caribbean countries will be managed by the Regional Delegation for Venezuela and the Caribbean.