Donors shipping meals to feed inmates at dismal Haiti lockup

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) " A U.S. nonprofit says a collection of donors are shipping 23,000 meals to help feed inmates at Haiti's largest lockup.

The HaitiChildren group says it was moved to organize food donations following publication of a February article by The Associated Press that revealed an upsurge of preventable deaths at the Port-au-Prince penitentiary due to rampant malnutrition as well as overcrowding and infectious diseases.

In a Wednesday statement, HaitiChildren CEO Susie Krabacher says "we could not stand back and let more tragedy happen."

The Aspen, Colorado-based group says detainees at Port-au-Prince's National Penitentiary will be served donated meals starting Easter Sunday.

The first batch of food is currently being shipped to Haiti.

Evangelical Christian humanitarian group Feed the Hungry says it has committed to providing food to inmates through 2017.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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