Haiti Strangled By Gangs, Rise In Deaths And Kidnapping – New York Carib News – NYCaribNews

Sunday, November 13, 2022

The brutal clash of gangs intensifies in seizing territory in the capital of Port-au-Prince. The increase of violence in the country has terrified many who feel the country is quickly unraveling as it tries to recover from the July 7 assassination of President Jovenel Moïse and the United Nations prepares to debate the future of its longtime standing in Haiti.
Experts say the scale and duration of this warfare led by gang members, the power criminals wield and the amount of territory they control has reached levels not seen before.
Gangs have forced schools, businesses, and hospitals to close as they raid new neighborhoods, seize control of the main roads connecting the capital to the rest of the country and kidnap victims daily, including eight Turkish citizens still held captive, authorities say.
Gangs also are recruiting a higher count of children to carry out their brutal acts, arming them with heavy weapons and forming temporary alliances with other gangs in attempts to take over more territory for economic and political gain ahead of the country’s general elections, said Jaime Vigil Recinos, the United Nations’ police commissioner in Haiti.
“It’s astonishing,” he told The Associated Press, noting that gang clashes are becoming protracted, ruthless affairs. “We are talking about something that Haiti hasn’t experienced before.”
According to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights at least 92 civilians and 96 suspected gang members were killed between April 24 and May 16, with another 113 injured, 12 missing and 49 kidnapped for ransom. The office noted that the number of dead people “may be much higher.”
Gangs also gang-raped children at a tender age as  10 and set fire to at least a dozen homes, forcing some 9,000 people to flee and seek temporary shelter in churches, public parks, and shuttered schools, U.N. officials noted.
Haiti’s National Human Rights Defense Network said some victims were guillotined while others were thrown into wells and latrines. Gang members posted pictures of the grim scenes on social media to further terrorize people with their cruel acts. The network said that most women and girls were raped before being killed.
“Armed violence has reached unimaginable and intolerable levels in Haiti,” Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in a May 17 statement.
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