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Commuters turn to travel by air or sea to avoid Martissant gangs

The Haitian Times 
By Juhakenson Blaise

An empty road in MARTISSANT
An empty road in Martissant, Port-au-Prince where people are forced to travel past by boat or air due to gang activities. Photo via Metropole

MARTISSANT, Haiti — Richard Edma, a married father and court clerk, was flying in a small airplane from Port-au-Prince to Jacmel when it crashed into a crowded street in Carrefour on Apr. 20. Edma and four others died on impact. 

 “I am so mad my husband is lost,” Claudine Edma told The Haitian Times, from her home in Jacmel three days later. “The people responsible for my husband’s death, God will make them pay for this crime for many generations.” 

Authorities have since said the Cessna 207 was not authorized for commercial flights and banned all private small-plane flights while they investigate. However, many residents and workers blame unchecked violence on key surface roads, particularly in Martissant. They say the uncontrolled shootouts, carjackings, kidnappings, thefts and other violent crimes in the Martissant area is why so many commuters and travelers seek to travel by air and sea. 

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