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17 Haitian Asylum Seekers Drown as Boat Capsizes Near Bahamas

HeadlineJul 25, 2022

At least 17 Haitians, including an infant, have died after a boat capsized near the Bahamas. The boat was carrying dozens of people who were trying to seek refuge in the United States. Twenty-five people were rescued. Bahamian officials said they have arrested two individuals from the Bahamas on suspicion of human smuggling. This comes as Haiti faces a dire economic crisis amid increasing violence between rival armed groups. In Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince, more than 300 people, including many children, have taken refuge in a high school to escape the violence. According to the United Nations, more than 934 people have been killed in Port-au-Prince so far this year. The U.N. has also documented nearly 700 kidnappings.

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