UN to Donors: Besides Recovery, Remember Haiti's Urgent Needs

Donors may have lost focus on Haiti’s urgent humanitarian crisis amid all the talk about reconstruction and redevelopment, United Nations officials said March 29.

Ahead of a U.N. donor conference for Haiti’s long-term recovery, U.N. officials bared that the world body is still halfway through collecting pledges for its USD1.4 billion appeal for humanitarian assistance to Haiti, Reuters reports.

“Obviously this medium/long term reconstruction recovery is incredibly important but … if we don’t get the humanitarian relief side right as well you don’t have the foundation for the successful longer term recovery,” U.N. Development Program chief Helen Clark said in a news conference.

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