Haiti Aid Operations Should Continue Until 2011, UN Official Says

U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Catherine Bragg. Photo by: Paulo Filgueiras / UN

Post-earthquake humanitarian and relief efforts in Haiti should continue through 2011, a senior U.N. official said.

U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Catherine Bragg explained that while the humanitarian objective of providing lifesaving aid has been met, the majority of Haitians still live in very poor conditions in camps.

Bragg underscored the need for aid efforts to go well into 2011, Xinhua News reports. She also highlighted the importance of scaling up early recovery operations.

“Only then can an exit strategy for humanitarian actors be envisaged. This is why it has to happen as soon as possible, so that people can leave the camps and return to their homes and communities,” Bragg said as quoted by Xinhua News.

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