Haiti: 243 people killed in the Capital due to insecurity since January
Updated: Jul 14, 2020
Since last January, nearly 243 people have died violently in the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince alone, according to a report by the Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace (Ce-Jilap) released on Saturday.
The religious body, which has been tracking the number of victims of armed gangs for the past 18 years, revealed that May was the 'bloodiest' month, with 44 deaths, while 26 were recorded in June and 12 in April, in addition to 162 in the first three months of 2020. Of the total, 137 people were shot, two were lynched and 15 burned, in addition to 20 children 'who were decapitated and burned so that their identity would not be discovered,' asserted the disturbing balance sheet. For Ce-Jilap, the partial assessment reveals the intensity of gang violence in the country, reinforced by impunity, while justice authorities have yet to complete investigations such as the La Saline massacre, and the burning of markets and public institutions in Port-au-Prince. 'Violence and human rights violations are the consequence of the impunity that prevails in the country, which is why violence is at its peak in society,' said Joël Joseph, secretary-general of the ECCJ. He added that the majority of the population suffers from insecurity, in addition to the high cost of living and the coronavirus pandemic, which leaves about six million Haitians in a situation of food insecurity.