Gang violence in Haiti: The reality of everyday life in Port-au-Prince
20 May 2023 | 5:06 am
In Haiti, gang violence is still rocking the capital Port-au-Prince. We look at two very different initiatives to try to keep it in check: a basketball association working to keep kids off the streets and on the court, and a vigilante movement where civilians are taking justice into their own hands.
In this article
26 Sep 2021
Images show desperate scenes at the airport in Port-au-Prince as a group of migrants gathers around the plane they had just been deported on. After disembarking, the migrants forced their way back onto the runway and were left to pick up their personal belongings that had been dumped out onto the tarmac.
10 Oct 2021
Ariel Henry said he would bring president Jovenel Moise's assassins to justice. The interim PM has been accused of being involved in the killing.
23 Oct 2021
The missionaries had been heading home from building an orphanage when they were pulled off a bus by a gang, according to media reports. Haiti has witnessed more than 300 kidnappings already this year.
28 Oct 2021
FRANCE 24 spoke to Jerry Tardieu, national coordinator of Haiti's "En Avant" (Forwards) political movement and a former opposition MP. Haiti is still reeling from the July assassination of the president, as well as recent kidnappings of missionaries and a deadly earthquake. Tardieu told us that the widespread chaos in the country can be explained by "a collusive relationship" between the authorities and all-powerful armed gangs. Gangs now control "most neighbourhoods of the capital" Port-au-Prince, Tardieu said.
30 Oct 2021
Violence has been on the rise in the country's sprawling cluster of refugee settlements, with armed gangs vying for power and kidnapping opponents.
27 Nov 2021
Haitian officials had said the gang had asked for $1 million each for the group of 17, which included five children. The gang had threatened to kill the North Americans.
21 Feb 2022
The wall will cover almost half of the border between the two countries. Many Haitians cross the border in search of work in the fields or in the construction industry in the Dominican Republic.
22 Apr 2022
Although El Salvador has seen a fall in the number of homicides, the country suffers from another type of crime that the government avoids talking about. Gangs are stepping up kidnappings and forced disappearances, terrorising the most vulnerable, who increasingly end up dead. Faced with the authorities' silence, who keep no official register, victims' loved ones are speaking out. Our regional correspondents Laurence Cuvillier and Matthieu Comin report.
29 Apr 2022
Worsening violence in parts of the Haitian capital has renewed fears of a loss of access to the northern part of the country. The violence comes as local gangs fight for power.
21 Aug 2022
The US consulate in Tijuana told employees to "shelter in place" amid deadly violence which reportedly included gang members shooting at bystanders and starting fires.
18 Sep 2022
The Caribbean island of Hispaniola is home to two countries: Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Both have a population of around 10 million — but that's about where their similarities end.
28 Oct 2022
A UN Security Council resolution called for a one-year embargo on all economic resources owned or controlled by Haiti's Jimmy Cherizier, who is the leader of the "G9 Family and Allies" gang.
1 day ago
US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned that inaction on the debt ceiling would "cause severe hardship." The previous estimate for a potential debt default was June 1.
1 day ago
On Sunday the incumbent President Erdogan faces his challenger Kemal Kilicdaroglu in the second round of the presidential election. Both candidates are still fighting for every vote.
1 day ago
Egyptians are furious: In a new Netflix documentary, Egyptian Queen Cleopatra is being played by Black British actress. They say this distorts Egypt's identity. But does a black Cleopatra really steal Egyptian history?
1 day ago
A helicopter crashed while inspecting power lines damaged by storms in the Italian province of Ravenna. Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni is set to leave the G7 summit in Japan earlier to lead the response to flooding.
1 day ago
Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Belgrade for a third time to protest over violence. Protesters are calling for the resignation of the interior minister and the head of intelligence.
1 day ago
Second division leaders Darmstadt 98 secured their promotion back to Germany's top division, the Bundesliga, after a six-year absence. A 1-0 win over Magdeburg guarantees them either first or second in the 2. Bundesliga.