Haiti gang war leaves 75 dead since end of April

At least 75 people have been killed, including women and children, since the end of April in clashes between two gangs. Haitian in the northern suburbs of the capital Port-au-Prince, the UN reported on Friday.

In a press release, the UN said it was “deeply concerned about the rapidly deteriorating security situation” in the capital from on the 24th of april.

Look: Hundreds flee neighborhoods due to gang violence in Haiti

“According to multiple sources, at least 75 people, including women and children, have been killed and 68 others injured so far.”, underlined the note.

At least 9,000 residents of these neighborhoods, which have become the setting for this war from gangwere forced to flee their homes and take refuge with relatives or in temporary places, such as churches and schools.

For several decades, armed criminal gangs have wreaked havoc in the poorest neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince, but in recent years they have drastically increased their control in the Haitian capital and in the country, multiplying murders and kidnappings.

The UN has denounced the “extreme violence” of the gangs during their confrontations, affirming that local sources have traced the existence of “acts of sexual violence, including the gang rape of children as young as 10 years old, to terrorize and intimidate local populations living in areas controlled by rival gangs.”

For its part, the United Nations agency for the protection of children warns of the consequences in education of this territorial domain of the gangs.

“In Haiti500,000 children have lost access to education due to violence related to gangUNICEF reported on Friday. “About 1,700 schools are currently closed in the metropolitan area of ​​Port-au-Prince”said the agency statement.

“No child can go to school while bullets are flying through the air, it’s dangerous and it shouldn’t be,” lamented Bruno Maes, Unicef ​​representative in the country.

The Haitian government has not yet ruled on this outbreak of violence which, from almost two weeks ago, he has put the capital under siege.

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