BREAKING NEWS: Tense situation in Haiti

by Ruth Bücker, 2010/12/08

humedica CEO Wolfgang Groß is currently visiting the capital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince. He reports a very tense situation. In addition to the still occurring cases of cholera, the situation in the already weakened Caribbean state is aggravating further, due to the disclosure of the election outcomes.

The streets of Port-au-Prince are surprisingly empty, there hardly is any traffic,” Wolfgang Groß describes the scenario he is experiencing. “This is probably a result of the safety warnings. Numerous streets are blocked and we have to make detours”. Up to now, Wolfgang Groß or other team members have fortunately not been affected by violent street riots.

“It feels like the silence before the storm; we can drive trough Port-au-Prince without getting stuck in a traffic jam – and that is something I have never experienced before”. Photo: humedica/Wolfgang Groß

A reason for the riots and the discontent of part of the population is the disclosure of the election outcomes of the presidential elections that have taken place in November. Supporters of one of the losing candidates, who had run for presidency, suspect discrepancies in the vote count.

They demonstrate their anger by means of blocking roads and burning car tyres. There have also been reports about violent conflicts and shooting incidents. Up to now, the humedica team has been able to stay clear of those incidents.

It feels like the silence before the storm; we can drive through Port-au-Prince without getting stuck in a traffic jam – and that is something I have never experienced before,” the humedica CEO describes his impressions. However, as a precaution, the medical teams had to stop treating patients for the time being. At the moment it is virtually impossible to assess how the situation will develop in future.

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Note for media representatives

If you are interested in a phone interview with our mission team members in Haiti or with humedica CEO Wolfgang Groß, please contact Steffen Richter, the employee in charge at our headquarters in Kaufbeuren via the following contact data. Thank you.

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