UN denounces rise in violence and armed gangs in Haiti
Port-au-Prince, Oct 20 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) denounced on Tuesday the rise in violence and the multiplication of armed gangs, which make victims of the population.
The mission led by Helen La Lime criticized the recent murders in all social layers, from entrepreneurs to workers, while hundreds of families remain housed in makeshift shelters due to their homes were burned by gangs, she regretted.
La Lime warned that in the capital, armed criminal gangs increasingly undermine the authority of the State and caused an increase in the number of victims in some neighborhoods such as La Saline and Bel Air.
Gang violence has a direct impact on formal and informal economic activity, employment, and the attractiveness of the country. It also makes feel vulnerable households, reducing their already limited access to services, including sanitation, healthcare and education, the official indicated on a press release.
La Lime warned that the current situation is particularly worrying in the run-up to a new electoral cycle, marked by polarization in the political sphere and recalled the government of its obligation to protect the population and the impunity enjoyed by many criminal leaders.
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