Haiti UN mission launches projects to provide jobs and cut violence

3 September 2010The United Nations peacekeeping force in Haiti has unveiled three drainage and canal rehabilitation projects that it hopes will boost employment and reduce violence in troubled neighbourhoods of a major city. The projects will benefit the districts of Goya, Petite Anse and Ti Riviere in the northern city of Cap Haïtien, the peacekeeping mission – known as MINUSTAH – reported yesterday.Those three districts have been affected by violence and health problems and they are also considered at risk from flooding during the current hurricane season.MINUSTAH reported that the projects should create more than 2,500 jobs and help to reduce flood risks by ditching, paving and rehabilitating channels and canals.The mission is fully funding the projects, estimated to cost just under $600,000, through a community violence reduction programme being conducted with city officials and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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