Sunday, 14th July 2024

Gang violence in Haiti: 50 killed, 50 injured in just four days

Several individuals have lost their lives in the last four days of gang battles going on in Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince.

Sunday, 7th July 2024

Several individuals have lost their lives in the last four days of gang violence going on in Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince.

The deputy mayor in the Cite Soleil district of Port-au-Prince, Jean Hislain Frederick, stated that the gang violence occurred on Friday, August 12, in a clash between members of two rival groups and around 50 people died while over 50 were injured.

The violence broke out in the capital city of Haiti just a day after the first anniversary of President Jovenel Moïse's assassination. Since the demise of Moïse, violence has skyrocketed in the country as gangs are fighting over territory while the government is struggling to prevent it.

'Doctors Without Borders', the aid group, stated that hundreds and thousands of people were trapped in the Cite Soleil with a lack of basic necessities such as food, water and medical care.

The organization has urged other humanitarian groups to provide support and asked the gangs to spare innocent civilians. During a press release, it stated that three of its members were looking over injured people in an area of Cite Soleil, Brooklyn.

The local police officials stated that the fighting took place between the rival groups known as G-Pep and G9.

The G9 is a gang association also called as G9 Family and Allies, directed by Jimmy Cherizier, a former police officer.

Cherizier, also called Barbecue, has been linked during the past with massacres, and his union is stated to have partnered up with Moïse's right-wing party. After the assassination of the president, he called the crime "cowardly and villainous."

On the other hand, G-Pep is a group which originated in Cite Soleil, though it is partnered up with other armed groups from around Port-au-Prince.

Moreover, these violent groups block roads and attack trucks that carry humanitarian support, which is why the UN World Food Programme utilises ferries and aircraft to provide people with basic amenities.