Violence in Haiti leaves 188 dead between April and May | News


The United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (Binuh) denounced on Monday a balance of 188 dead, 120 wounded and 12 missing between April and May due to the war of armed gangs that dispute control of the capital city, Port-au-Prince.


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Although Port-au-Prince has seen a sharp increase in armed violence since 2018, the number of clashes in these communes has been extremely heavy and has rarely been documented in such a short period of time in the country’s recent history. Binuh in a statement.

Between April 24 and May 16 alone, the United Nations office cites as an example, 92 civilians were killed, 96 gang members perished in the confrontations and some 120 people were hit by firearm ammunition.

“Armed with assault rifles, but also machetes and cans of gasoline, the gangs spared no one. Women and children as young as one year old are executed in their homes and their bodies burned. Children of about ten years, accused of giving information to rival groups, are shot in public places”, reflects the report.

There have also been dozens of cases of sexual abuse, including of children, a method used by rival gangs as revenge or the imposition of a state of terror.

Around 16,000 people have been displaced from their homes to take refuge in unusual places or in the homes of relatives to protect themselves from the prevailing atmosphere of chaos, the report highlights.

La Binuh pointed out that “the alliances between the gangs have allowed them to coordinate some attacks simultaneously in several neighborhoods and maintain their operations for a period of three weeks, with a few days of respite.”

It is known that the groups most involved in these criminal acts are the Chen Mechan and 400 Mawozo gangs and other associates, such as the G9 en famille et alliés or G-9 and the G-Pèp.

Following the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in July 2021, the climate of violence in Haiti has progressively intensified to the point of ungovernability, expressed through street clashes, murders, rapes, assaults, destruction and kidnappings that have little or no response from the authorities, humanitarian organizations have denounced.

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