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Bystander deaths mount, more children displaced as violence rages across Haiti’s capital

Some children from Cité Soleil
Some children from Cité Soleil taking refuge at Saint Louis de Gonzague skip rope in the schoolyard on July 22, 2022. Photo by Juhakenson Blaise

The Haitian Times 
By MURDITH JOSEPH and Juhakenson Blaise

PORT-AU-PRINCE — The number of victims has reached the hundreds in the latest gun battles between gangs in Citè Soleil, bringing the total of reported killings across Haiti’s capital this year to nearly 1,000, according to human rights organizations on the ground. The violence has also left hundreds of children to makeshift shelters seeking safety. 

“We are deeply concerned by the worsening of violence in Port-au-Prince and the increase of human rights violations committed by gangs against the local population,” a public statement from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights read.

“​​We call on those responsible and supporting this armed violence to immediately desist, and to respect the lives and livelihoods of all Haitians, most of whom live in extreme poverty,” the July 16 note continued.

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