Haitian President Requests Humanitarian Aid From The US

Haitian President Jovenel Moïse said Monday that he has requested humanitarian aid from the US government, while protesters demanding his resignation took to the streets again, in the seventh week of protests that have caused the closure of many schools and businesses throughout the country.

The president also said during an interview with Radio Metropole that Haiti can turn the crisis into an opportunity, while reiterating its call to dialogue with opposition leaders organizing the demonstrations.

"We are in a very difficult time," he said.


Moïse did not give details of the help he has requested.

Shortly after he spoke, thousands of protesters marched again through parts of Port-au-Prince, upset by corruption, high inflation and the lack of necessities, such as gasoline. Religious and business leaders have also called for the president's resignation, and hundreds of police officers joined the request on Sunday.

More than 2 million children have not been able to go to school for almost two months as a result of the demonstrations, in which there have been more than 20 dead and more than 100 injured. Gang violence has also increased in certain areas due to riots. Recently five men were killed and dismembered in the Artibonite region, north of the capital, according to Jean Castro Prévil, who oversees the region's police department.

The US embassy announced that on Monday it would only offer emergency services due to violence.