Some children from Cité Soleil taking refuge at Saint Louis de Gonzague skip rope in the schoolyard on July 22, 2022. Photo by Juhakenson Blaise
Some children from Cité Soleil taking refuge at Saint Louis de Gonzague skip rope in the schoolyard on July 22, 2022. Photo by Juhakenson Blaise

PORT-AU-PRINCE — The number of victims has reached the hundreds in the latest gun battles between gangs in Citè Soleil, bringing the total of reported killings across Haiti’s capital this year to nearly 1,000, according to human rights organizations on the ground. The violence has also left hundreds of children to makeshift shelters seeking safety. 

“We are deeply concerned by the worsening of violence in Port-au-Prince and the increase of human rights violations committed by gangs against the local population,” a public statement from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights read.

“​​We call on those responsible and supporting this armed violence to immediately desist, and to respect the lives and livelihoods of all Haitians, most of whom live in extreme poverty,” the July 16 note continued.


Since July 7, a Cité Soleil turf war between members of G9 and Gpep has left at least 89 dead and nearly 300 children displaced. They’re the latest casualties of violence around the Haitian capital this year.

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Murdith Joseph is a social worker and journalist. She studied at the State University of Haiti and Maurice Communication. She first worked as a journalist presenter and reporter for Radio Sans Fin (RSF) then as a journalist reporter for Radio tele pacific and writting for the daily Le National. Today she joined the Haitian Times team and covers the news in Port-Au-Prince-Haiti.

I am Juhakenson Blaise, a journalist based in the city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I cover the news that develops in this city and deals with other subjects related to the experience of Haitians for the Haitian Times newspaper. I am also a lover of poetry.