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Hati-Crime: Ocha condemns the repeated attacks by armed gangs against Solino and its surroundings

  • May 7, 2024
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P-au-P, 07 from 2024 [AlterPresse] — The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Haiti (Ocha) strongly denounces the repeated attacks by armed groups against the Solino neighborhood and surrounding areas in the capital, Port-au-Prince, in a statement, dated Monday May 6, 2024, from the representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) in Haiti, the Belgian Bruno Maes, playing the role of interim humanitarian coordinator, of which the online agency took note AlterPress.

Ocha calls on the perpetrators of such acts to put an end to armed violence, to allow the population to live without fear, in complete safety, and for humanitarian actors to come to the aid of all those affected.

“The siege of the civilian population in Solino, including women, children and men, who find themselves without access to water, food and fuel, constitutes a flagrant violation of basic humanitarian standards.”

Ocha expresses deep concerns about the humanitarian impact, including the displacement of thousands of people forced to flee their homes due to armed violence.

New bandit attacks and persistent gusts, which terrorized families living in the city center or on the outskirtstook place in Solino and surrounding neighborhoods, during the evening of Wednesday May 1, 2024 and during the night that followed.

Tension was at its height in several neighborhoods in the lower part of Delmas (northern outskirts) or surrounding these areas, such as Nazon, Solino, Delmas 18 and 24, local residents reported to AlterPresse.

Armed gangs have redoubled their terror against the population of various neighborhoods in the capital, Port-au-Prince, at a time when a new twist is observed in the Haitian political crisis, with the controversies surrounding the choice of leaders of the transition barely initiated.

From Friday March 8 to Tuesday April 9, 2024, 94,821 people left the metropolitan area of ​​Port-au-Prince to take refuge in provincial townsbecause of the violence of armed gangs.

From January to March 2024, more than 2,500 people have been killed or injured due to armed gang violencean increase of 53% compared to the quarter from October to December 2023, according to a report from the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (Binuh).

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Haiti reports continuing armed violence in Port-au-Prince, forcing more and more people to flee to other places.

The latest attacks, which occurred on Friday May 3, 2024, in the metropolitan area of ​​the capital, Port-au-Prince, particularly in Delmas, forced thousands of people to flee armed violence.

Women and children, who make up the majority of displaced people, are particularly threatened, notes Panamanian Dr. Natalia Kanem, director of the United Nations Population Fund (Unfpa), according to what Stéphane Dujarric, spokesperson for the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), reported during a press briefing, on Monday May 6, 2024.

“Conditions in displacement sites are deplorable, with women and girls at increased risk of sexual exploitation and violence, and people struggling to obtain food, clean water and basic necessities. elementary”.

Humanitarian agencies continue to support the population in Port-au-Prince and throughout Haiti, despite the challenges and the fluid security situation, Stéphane Dujarric tries to reassure. [emb rc apr 07/05/2024 12:10]

Photo: X account of the representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Haiti, Bruno Maes