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Doctors Without Borders Considers Suspending Haiti Operations Amid Gang Violence

HeadlineMar 07, 2023

In Haiti, the humanitarian aid group Doctors Without Borders is considering suspending its operations after a series of shootouts at its clinics in Port-au-Prince and other violent incidents as the island nation is increasingly controlled by gangs. Local residents are also facing deepening food insecurity and hunger, while medicine and other resources are extremely hard to access due to the turmoil. Human rights advocates have documented severe abuses, including sexual violence and hundreds of killings. A new report by the U.N. says weapons are being smuggled from the United States and ending up in the streets of Haiti. Fighting between gangs has also intensified over the control of territory, forcing families to flee their homes.

Unidentified local: “I was sleeping on the street. I came back this morning, and I see that things are still the same.”

Journalist: “Are you going to leave the house permanently?”

Unidentified local: “I have no place to go. I have no place to go.”

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