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Armed Violence Claims More Lives in Haiti Amid Stalled Leadership Talks

HeadlineApr 02, 2024

Deadly violence continues to plague Haiti as armed groups and police traded more gunfire overnight Monday in Port-au-Prince. At least five people were killed.

Taina Surpris: “I got a phone call this morning. They told me that my father had died. I was astonished. And when I arrived, I saw him lying on the floor.”

The spiraling political turmoil in Haiti appears to have no end in sight. Recently resigned Prime Minister Ariel Henry, who remains locked out of Haiti by armed groups, raised questions this week over the constitutionality of a “transitional council,” which is being formed to serve as an interim governing body until elections are scheduled.

This comes as Canadian forces have been sent to Jamaica to train troops from Caribbean nations to join the U.N.-authorized mission to Haiti. Last week, the U.N. human rights chief called for an arms embargo on Haiti, calling the situation there “cataclysmic.” The majority of guns pouring into Haiti are smuggled in from Florida and other parts of the U.S.

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