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Thursday 17 August 2017

Exclusive: 'Haiti is constantly hit by disasters'- Dublin aid worker on hurricane-battered Haiti

Father-of-one Peter Doyle from Ballinteer, Dublin in Haiti
Father-of-one Peter Doyle from Ballinteer, Dublin in Haiti
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

An Irish aid worker who has joined the relief effort in hurricane-battered Haiti has described the scale of the devastation as the death toll rises.

Father-of-one Peter Doyle, from Ballinteer Co Dublin, flew to Haiti with Concern Worldwide after Hurricane Matthew swept through the country last Tuesday, destroying entire towns, roads and bridges. 

Concern has 106 staff already in the storm-hit country providing support to those worst affected.

Speaking from Haiti, Peter described the destruction he witnessed as he travelled to some of the areas worst hit by the hurricane.

Concern Worldwide has launched an urgent appeal to help Haitians
Concern Worldwide has launched an urgent appeal to help Haitians

“Many houses have been destroyed and people are in dire need of assistance.

“The roads on the island have been completely cut off and the only way to reach there is by boat, which causes significant logistical challenges.

“We intend to distribute hygiene kits, soap, aqua tablets [which cleanse water] and oral rehydration salts to 300 families, which will compliment the other items being distributed, which included blankets, plastic sheeting and clothes.”

Peter is a seasoned emergency aid worker, who previously worked for Concern in countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad, Niger, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Lebanon and the Central African Republic.

Concern staff are desperately trying to help hurricane-battered Haiti
Concern staff are desperately trying to help hurricane-battered Haiti

He worked for Concern in Haiti between 2003 and 2006 and was there in 2010 after the devastating earthquake that killed over 300,000 people.

“Haiti never seems to get a break. It has had coup d’etats, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, cholera outbreaks - the country seems to be constantly threatened by various hazards.

“There are also problems with infrastructure and it is a very poor country, but the people are very resilient.

“Haiti is actually a beautiful country with lots of history, culture and art and would have a lot to offer visitors, but unfortunately has been hit by disasters such as this.”

Haiti is
Haiti is "constantly hit by disasters"

Concern Worldwide has launched an urgent appeal and would like people to donate what they can at: https://www.concern.net/donate/appeals/haiti-hurricane-appeal

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