Port-au-Prince, 14 March. At least 70 people have been killed in recent clashes between criminal gangs in Haiti’s capital. Pierre Esperance, Secretary General of the National Human Rights Network (RNDDH), reported this.
According to RNDDH, pregnant women, children and the elderly were reported to be among the victims of recent violence in the clash between two gangs on February 28.
Esperance condemned the inaction of the police in the face of the tragic events that killed dozens of people. He noted that there is currently a temporary recession, but that the wave of violence will flare up again.
Criminal gangs control more than half of Port-au-Prince. They extort, kidnap and kill peaceful Haitians and foreigners alike, as well as government officials and businessmen. Local media have recorded more than 150 kidnappings since the beginning of the year.
The outbreak of violence forced authorities to close schools and hospitals. According to RNDDH, more than 1,500 people, mostly women and children, live in inhumane conditions in four IDP camps in Post Marchand. About 50 people disappeared, hundreds of houses were burned.
Prime Minister of Haiti ariel henri He had previously expressed hope that the international community would agree on the creation of a multinational force that would assist the Haitian National Police in restoring peace and security in the country.
The US and Canada have already sent armored vehicles and other military equipment to help Haitian police suppress gang violence. However, Ottawa and Washington cannot agree on which country should assume responsibility for running the mission because of the risks involved.
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