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Haiti: Armed gangs chased nearly 95,000 people from the capital, according to OCHA and IOM

  • April 14, 2024
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They fled their neighborhoods under the threat of armed gangs (photo: Google)

Armed violence instigated by gangs forced nearly 95,000 people to flee Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, from March 8 to April 9, 2024. These people, the majority of whom, headed towards cities from the provinces, fled following the latest gang demonstrations which began on February 29, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Haiti, citing data provided by the IOM.

THE HAITI FACTOR, April 14, 2024._Between March 8 and April 9, 2024, in the space of one month, armed bandits operating in Port-au-Prince pushed nearly 95,000 people to leave the Capital.

This was stated in a report from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Haiti, reporting information from the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The previous IOM figure showed 53,000 people having fled Port-au-Prince in three weeks, between March 8 and 27.

Forced relocation of some families due to armed gang violence Photo Googly

According to OCHA and IOM, armed violence increased from February 29 in the capital of Haiti where gangs called for the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry.

Hunted by gangsters, people in great danger go to provincial towns, more precisely to the Deep South to take refuge, the reports highlighted.

However, initially, the majority of these people were already displaced. However, during the last month, 40% make their first trip due to the violence of armed bandits.

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Armed men wearing balaclavas in a corridor in Delmas 6 Photo credit Odlyn Joseph AP

In response, international NGOs are flying to the aid of these thousands of internally displaced people. In fact, on April 12, a first flight chartered by ECHO transported 15 metric tons of medical supplies for the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) to Cap-Haïtien with logistical support of the World Food Program (WFP) and UNHRD.

This cargo will support the health intervention in the northern departments, reported OCHA and IOM.


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