Haiti: clashes between gangs in Port-au-Prince left at least 89 dead in one week

A Haitian NGO, the National Network for the Defense of Human Rights, said in a statement on Wednesday that at least “89 people were murdered and 16 others are missing.”

At least 89 people have died in clashes between gangs that have paralyzed part of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince for a week, the National Network for the Defense of Human Rights, a non-governmental organization, announced on Wednesday.

“At least 89 people were murdered and 16 others are missing,” the National Human Rights Defense Network said in a statement, adding that the partial toll of the violence includes “74 wounded by gunshot or stab wounds” .

The police do not intervene

Since Thursday, bursts of automatic weapons crackle all day long in Cité Soleil, the most disadvantaged and densely populated commune in the metropolitan area: two gang factions clash there without the police, in lack of men and equipment, does not intervene.

Along the corridors of slums that have formed there over the past four decades, thousands of families have no choice but to hide in their homes, without being able to get water and food.

Some residents are victims of stray bullets even inside their modest homes, made of simple sheet metal, but ambulances are not allowed to circulate freely in the area to help the injured.

“We call on all the belligerents to allow the passage of aid to Brooklyn (name of the district of Cité Soleil where the violence is concentrated) and to spare the civilians”, urged Wednesday Mumuza Muhindo, head of mission of Doctors without Borders.

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