Multiple protests erupt across Port-Au-Prince, the Capital of Haiti, after kidnapping victims murdered by unknown kidnappers.
After years and months of protests (Peyi Lòk) across Haiti for the resignation of Jovenel Moise and PHTK about the PetroCaribe funds, the country is going through a kidnapping crisis and dozen of people are reportedly going missing and abducted by kidnappers who are demanding a large amount of cash to let the victims go back where they took them from.
In the past few years, after millions of young Haitians spent 2017 to 2019 on the streets, demanding President Jovenel Moise resign over his government’s failure to prosecute years of unbridled corruption that siphoned billions in international aid into bank accounts overseas. Unfortunately, after all the protests, 187 protesters killed, 44 police officers killed, 2 journalists killed, President Jovenel Moise refused to step down along with his party named Haitian Tèt Kale Party (PHTK). After all the chaos, the beginning of February 2020, the country can’t take a break from unknown kidnappers and gang members.
The kidnapping crisis used to be like this back in 2004 but Police Nationale d’Haiti (PHN) stopped it by arresting and punishing those responsible for these crimes. Unfortunately, the same crisis is happening again across the country and everyone is wondering who’s behind these kidnapping acts in 2020.
During a press meeting, the spokesman of the police institution, Michel-Ange Louis-Jeune, had mentioned the absence of formal complaints to agree on the resurgence of acts of kidnapping in the capital until the victims’ families told him it’s true.
“Nap rezoud problem kidnapin sa yo, epi nap fe tout sa nou kapab pou retire Ayiti nan sa li ye la jounen jodia.”, Said the spokesman of the police institution, Mr. Michel-Ange Louis-Jeune.
According to Police Nationale d’Haiti, among those who got abducted by the kidnappers on FEB 8th were 5 members of a Church in Port-Au-Prince called l’Église Baptiste le Phare de Martissant. The kidnappers demanded $3M GOURDES to release the victims in order to keep them alive. The Haitian National Police (PNH), with the launch of Operation “Iron Curtain”, seems to be ACTIVE regarding the kidnapping acts across the country in order to solve these issues.
According to local media like Bon Déjeuner! Radio and Rezo Nòdwès, those concerned Christians were on a mission in the commune, that’s when they were attacked and then kidnapped by armed men. Relatives of the victims said that the kidnappers demanded $3M Gourdes as a ransom to be able to set them free.
Jean Rubens Eugène, another young person from the same Evangelical Assembly was killed, on the night of Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at 4th avenue Bolosse, south of Port-au-Prince, when he was preparing to give to kidnappers the sum required for the release of the 5 young hostages.
In results of the killing of Jean Rubens Eugène, the teen who got killed by the kidnappers, a huge protest occurs in Port-Au-Prince on FEB 12th to demand justice for those who got abducted and killed by kidnappers and the protesters used this opportunity to demand the resignation of Jovenel Moise and PHTK because the Haitian Government refused to comment on the crisis that the country is going through. The opposition leaders and other political leaders blame the current Haitian Government for these issues in 2020.
“I think the country is going through a lot this year and it’s a shame that the current Haitian Government is quiet about those crimes.”, said Mr. Werley Nortreus, a political leader and founder of Vanyan Sòlda Ayiti and A New Haiti Before 2045 (ANHB 2045).
From reports, multiple men, women, and children got abducted by the kidnappers. Among those who got abducted are killed and some never got released yet. Unfortunately, the Police department can’t help release everyone the kidnappers got, but PNH is doing the best to help save everyone.
“I think Haiti needs young educated leaders and visionary like me and others to lead the country in the right direction this 2020 before it’s too late.”, said Mr. Werley Nortreus, and other protesters.
Haiti’s parliament shut down indefinitely in January 2020 because of the chaos, eliminating the check on presidential power that paralyzed Moise for years. Thursday marks the president’s first month of ruling the country by decree, but it looks like the country got worse.
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Werley Nortreus is a musician, author, entrepreneur, writer, and politician from Haiti. He graduated from business and political science school and he has contributed towards political movements and activism like Haitians Lives Matter and Black Lives Matter movements for years. He is the founder of a political movement and a political party called Haitians Lives Matter and Vanyan Sòlda Ayiti. After years of experience in writing and journalism, he becomes a news contributor for radio stations and tv stations as well.
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The warning comes from the United Nations and the Somali Government. Climate projections show that the country is facing a fourth consecutive failed rainfall season.
In a joint statement on Friday, the organizations said it is imperative to act now to prevent a slide into the kind of drought and even famine conditions experienced in previous years.
So far, nearly 100,000 people, especially in central and southern areas, have abandoned their homes in search of food, water and pasture for their livestock.
The lack of access to safe water and sanitation has also heightened the risk of water-borne diseases.
Across the country, the number of people who need assistance and protection is forecast to rise by 30 per cent, from 5.9 million to about 7.7 million in 2022. Over 70 per cent of all Somalis live below the poverty line.
UN Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the country, Adam Abdelmoula, said that “a severe storm is brewing in Somalia.”
“Those affected have already endured decades of conflict, climatic shocks and disease outbreaks”, said Mr. Abdelmoula, who also acts as Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator.
Local communities, the authorities and the UN are ramping up response to address these needs. But critical response sectors like water, sanitation and hygiene are only 20 per cent funded.
With one month remaining in the year, the 2021 Somalia Humanitarian Response Plan is only 66 per cent funded.
In response, the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) is allocating $8 million and the Somalia Humanitarian Fund is making a reserve allocation of $6 million.
Somalia is on the frontline of climate change and has experienced more than 30 climate-related hazards since 1990, including 12 droughts and 19 floods.
The frequency and severity of climate-related hazards is also increasing.
The Federal Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Khadija Diriye, said that families are losing their livestock, a key source of livelihood, and may starve to death in the coming months.
“I am particularly worried about children, women, the elderly and disabled people who continue to bear the brunt of Somalia’s humanitarian crisis”, she said.
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The Agreement was signed by Minister of Finance Samir Sharifov, on behalf of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and World Bank Vice President for Europe and Central Asia Anna Bjerde, on behalf of the World Bank Group. Prime Minister of Azerbaijan Ali Asadov and Governor of the Central Bank of Azerbaijan Elman Rustamov also took part in the signing event.
The signing of the new Establishment Agreement will greatly facilitate the work of the World Bank Group in Azerbaijan, including administration of its offices in Baku, to support joint efforts to achieve a green and resilient recovery through sustainable, inclusive and equitable growth.
“Our partnership with the World Bank has seen Azerbaijan’s incredible transition from a lower-income country to a donor of the International Development Association, the part of the World Bank Group that helps the world’s poorest countries,” said Ali Asadov, Prime Minister of Azerbaijan. “This agreement will help augment these achievements.”
The World Bank has financed over 50 projects, with total commitments of $4.4 billion, spanning many national development priorities, including building human capital, strengthening access to infrastructure, public services and jobs, investing in agricultural competitiveness and rural development, and supporting the livelihoods of internally displaced persons.
“We look forward to continuing to grow and develop our collaboration with the Government of Azerbaijan and to bringing the best experience and expertise the World Bank can offer in support of Azerbaijan’s 2030 vision and development goals,” said Anna Bjerde, World Bank Vice President for Europe and Central Asia.
As the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets, IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has been supporting the private sector in Azerbaijan and has invested around $850 million in the country, including mobilization.
“A vibrant private sector is crucial for economic growth. The signing of this agreement with Azerbaijan comes at a time when the country is taking steps to have the private sector drive economic diversification. IFC is committed to continue supporting sustainable growth in Azerbaijan by helping mobilize the power of the private sector,” said Wiebke Schloemer, IFC’s Acting Vice President for Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
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Although progress has been made in Somalia’s electoral process, it has been slow and uneven, the UN Special Representative for the country said in a briefing to the Security Council on Wednesday.
James Swan, head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), welcomed completion of the indirect elections for the Upper House of the Federal Parliament, which began in July, and the start of those for the lower chamber, known as the House of the People.
While 14 women will be among the 54 Senators in the Upper House, representing 26 per cent of parliamentarians there, Mr. Swan said this figure falls short of the 30 per cent quota for women’s participation.
Mr. Swan urged stakeholders to move quickly to conclude the lower house elections before the end of the year.
“Although progress is being made, the efforts of Somalia’s political leaders will need to be redoubled in the coming weeks to bring the elections for the Federal Parliament to a successful conclusion, so that the presidential elections can then be held as soon as possible,” he said, speaking via videoconference.
“The completion of these elections is more important than ever, so that all effort can return to the key governance, security, and development priorities in Somalia”.
The envoy said the UN will continue its engagement and support towards advancing the indirect polls, with clan representatives electing parliamentarians who will then vote for the president.
Only two of the 275 seats in the lower house have been filled so far, and 30 per cent are also reserved for women.
“We continue to stress that women’s full inclusion and representation in political life, and in all sectors of life, is key for Somalia’s sustainable peace and development”, said Mr. Swan.
Somali women’s rights activist Asha Abdulle Siyad, who also addressed the Council, has been among those advocating for the 30 per cent quota.
“We are deeply concerned of the delays and the lack of concrete measures and schedules for the completion of the House of the People election”, said Ms. Siyad, Executive Director of the Somali Women’s Leadership Initiative.
“Further delay in the election is likely to affect women’s quota negatively as the attention of all concerned, including the
Nearly 1,000 civilians have been killed or injured in armed conflict so far this year – with the group responsible for some two-thirds of civilian casualties.
Mr. Swan paid tribute to the Somali security forces and troops serving with the African Union mission in the country, AMISOM, who face Al-Shabaab on a daily basis.
AMISOM chief Francisco Caetano Jose Madeira told the ambassadors that the militants have stepped up attacks, ambushes, suicide bombings and targeted assassinations of Government officials.
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