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Has Haiti been kidnapped by gangs? | News – Al Jazeera English

In October, Haiti’s problem with gangs got international attention when 16 Americans and one Canadian were kidnapped. They are still captive, but Haitians have long faced kidnappings and gang violence. Al Jazeera’s Rob Reynolds examines this chronic wave, and talks to Jimmy “Barbecue” Cherizier, one of the most notorious gang leaders in the country.
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Block­ades have caused fuel short­ages across Haiti, forc­ing hos­pi­tals, busi­ness­es and schools to lim­it op­er­a­tions.
Haiti’s For­eign Min­is­ter Claude Joseph says that he is ‘con­fi­dent’ in the coun­try’s jus­tice sys­tem.
Jim­my Cher­izier, known as “Bar­be­cue”, has re­peat­ed­ly called for Prime Min­is­ter Ariel Hen­ry to re­sign.
Haiti re­mains one of the poor­est places in the world, de­spite bil­lions in aid dol­lars al­lo­cat­ed to the coun­try.
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