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With nearly 20,000 Haitians displaced by gang violence, UN calls for “holistic” solution

In a statement issued on Oct. 4, United Nations Special Representative Helen La Lime lamented the surge in gang warfare following the assasination of President Jovenel Moïse that has resulted in the displacement of roughly 19,000 people around Port-au-Prince in recent months. 

The nation’s capital is home to 75% of the criminal acts and major civil unrest recorded around Haiti. The violence has resulted in restricted access to roads in the country’s south, leading to fuel shortages and further crippling the economy.

In her statement, La Lime went on to praise Prime Minister Ariel Henry for his political inclusiveness and ability to steer the country through a time of crisis, but urged him to thoroughly and lawfully investigate the assasination of Moïse.

La Lime called the situation in Haiti “bleak,” and called on authorities to implement a more “holistic approach” to addressing gang violence, using an existing framework for reducing community violence developed with UN support. Read more.

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