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Monesty Fanfil, Haiti’s Ambassador to Chile, has been placed on leave while authorities investigate a rape accusation he denies.

Fanfil said the woman, identified in news reports as Mickel-Ange Joseph, a cleaning staffer at the Embassy, was fired in February on charges of fraud. His stance is that she levied the accusation in retaliation. 

Minister of Foreign Affairs Claude Joseph told Le Nouvelliste that Joseph said Fanfil impregnated her. The Ministry has asked Fanfil to momentarily leave office while they investigate. Source

Religious group marches in gang area to pray and convert people

A woman holding a cross as she heads toward Village-De-Dieu with fellow churchgoers. Photo credit: TFE / Abraham Lincoln

Members of a church organized a march in Village-De-Dieu, Port-au-Prince, a gang-infested slum, on Sunday. The marchers prayed, sang and attempted to convert the neighborhood’s residents. 

The weekend prior, gang members killed five police officers in Village-De-Dieu.  In addition, many kidnapping victims have said they were transported to that area while in captivity, according to Haitian media reports. 

The church that planned the march, Church of God Source of Awakening Mission in Haiti, has also marched in other communes that gang members inhabit, like Grand Ravine in August 2019. Source

Fire breaks out at Coast Guard base

Haitian police General Director Léon Charles walking alongside coast guards.

Part of the Haitian Coast Guard’s base in Carrefour, Port-au-Prince, caught on fire over the weekend.

No death or injuries have been reported. An electric shock caused the fire, which occurred overnight Friday into Saturday morning, Divisional Commissioner Jean Pédro Mars said.

Léon Charles, the head of the police force, went to the base to investigate the damage on Saturday. Source

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