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185 dead in three months in Port-au-Prince includes 163 shot

185 dead in three months in Port-au-Prince includes 163 shot

Haitian vigilante gunmen on patrol in their neighborhood where at least eight Aristide supporters were killed. Young Haitian men from an anti-Lavalas vigilante group patrol in the Cite de Dieu (City of God) slum of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on February 25, 2005. Photo credit: REUTERS/Daniel Morel – RTROE3Y

The Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace, CE-JILAP, reported that 185 residents have died in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area between July and September. Among those deaths, 163 of them were fatally shot. 

“There’s no security from the authorities,” said Jocelyne Colas Noël, CE-JILAP’s director.

During the entire year, 570 residents died, including 480 of whom were shot. Source

Kidnappers release entrepreneur after ransom paid 

Byanka Gauthier, a 24-year-old entrepreneur, was kidnapped on Dec. 16, 2020.

A young entrepreneur kidnapped Dec. 16 was set free early Sunday at Champ de Mars park in Port-au-Prince.

Byanka Gauthier’s family said they paid a ransom but didn’t mention how much. Gauthier was kidnapped as she was driving from a business meeting in Lathan Plaine, a neighborhood in Port-au-Prince. Her car was later found in Lilavois, Port-au-Prince Thursday. Source

Mass Konpa adds new singer to band

Gracia Delva (right), Mass Konpa’s veteran singer, sitting next to Baby Joe.

Musical band Mass Konpa announced on Thursday that it has a new singer, Baby Joe. 

Gracia Delva, the star of the group, recently collaborated with Baby Joe on a song titled “Kounye a,” or Right Now in English, to introduce Baby Joe’s talent to the fans. Mass Konpa plans to release an album next year that features Baby Joe in at least three songs. 

Baby Joe previously sang gospel music. Source

Onz Chery

Onz Chery

A City College of New York graduate, Onz Chery covers politics, health, crime and other topics for The Haitian Times. He previously wrote for Elite Sports New York and the Cosmopolitan Soccer League. Chery can be contacted by email at [email protected] or on twitter @onz_11.
Onz Chery
Dec. 21, 2020

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