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Hurricane Sandy Brings Hardship for Haitian Families

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Marigot is a small community in the South East of Haiti. Water and mud
rushed down the hills when Sandy hit at the end of October. Several houses
were flooded. Crops and banana trees were washed away or buried under
the mud.

 

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Here and in many other communities in the country, emergency food assistance has helped affected families get back on their feet.
 

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In the first week following the storm, WFP provided emergency food
rations to 14,000 Haitians.
 

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In total, the agency assisted 60,000 of the worst-affected families with food including rice
purchased locally from small holder farmers.
 

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“The food that WFP is giving me today will help me get by for a few
weeks and I am grateful for that,” said Tericia Jeudi after receiving
her emergency ration of rice, beans, oil and salt from WFP in Marigot.
Her five small plots of land were damaged by hurricane Sandy, although
her house was spared.
 

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WFP is beginning a new programme to help up to 170,000 people like Tericia Jeudi get better
access to food by earning a salary while working at improving their
land.
 

For many Haitian families who were struggling to recover from a drought and
hurricane Isaac, Sandy brought more devastation.

 In Marigot, many of these families rely on WFP emergency food rations.