Gangs in Haiti go as far back as the Tonton Makout of the Duvalier Regime. But with more guns available and less government checking them, today’s neighborhood-based gangs have outsized influence on not only their communities, but the entire country. In this special series, The Haitian Times explores their evolution and potential solutions.

Neighborhood groups for basic services where Haiti’s government has failed, gangs are empowered, filling a leadership vacuum and fueling the country’s long cycle of violence and repression.  

In Haiti, “gangs” reside where caring for community and corruption collide

From the Chimè to 400 Mawozo, neighborhood gangs often provide basics and protection, complicating efforts to abate violence

Haiti’s gang crisis has become extremely alarming because these groups now have more powerful weapons in large quantities, control over their territories and scores of police officers in cahoots with them, observers say. Further, they said, many gangs have political ties, giving them outsized influence on the country’s direction. To access this post, you must…


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