PORT-AU-PRINCE — At least 60 people were killed and another 50 have been kidnapped, including a police official and his daughter, in a resurgence of gang warfare over the past week around Haiti’s capital, according to a human rights advocate and local media. The slew of shootings and kidnappings in various neighborhoods have forced hundreds of residents to flee their homes and schools to shutter their doors.

Jean Robert Argant, the general coordinator of the “December 4th Collective” anti-violence advocacy organization, said that the bandits act with impunity because they see fit that the police are unable to fight back. 


Since last week, residents in neighborhoods like Solino, Fort National, Poupelard, have been fleeing with their children, and their measly belongings in tow as the war between the Bel-Air gang and "Krache Dife" broke out yet again.

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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.