The numbers are the result of gang violence in Cite Soleil, the poorest city in Haiti’s metropolitan Port-au-Prince region.
At least 234 people were killed or injured between July 8 and 12 in gang violence in Cite Soleil, the poorest city in Haiti’s greater Port-au-Prince region, the United Nations said Saturday (16).
“Most of the victims are not directly linked to gangs, but have been targeted by gang members, and we have also received new reports of sexual violence,” said Jeremy Lawrence, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
According to the UN, from January to the end of June 2022, 934 murders, 684 injuries and 680 kidnappings were registered.
Earlier in the report of the “National Human Rights Protection Network” NGO, the number of victims reached 89, in addition to 74 wounded and 16 missing.
“We are deeply concerned about the worsening violence in Port-au-Prince and the increase in human rights abuses against the local population by powerful armed groups,” Lawrence said.
Since Friday, automatic weapons have been fired throughout the day in Cite Soleil, where two gangs are fighting. With few men and resources, the local police do not intervene.
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