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Homicides in Haiti doubled in 2023, up to 4,789 violent deaths


United Nations, Jan 23 (EFE).- Homicides in Haiti more than doubled in 2023 compared to the previous year, up to 4,789 violent deaths, while the police “overwhelmed by the unbridled violence of the gangs” suffer constant desertions and Last year 1,636 agents left the force.

These data appear in the latest report from the UN Secretary General to the Security Council on Haiti, which paints an increasingly worrying picture of violence in the Caribbean country.

If in 2022 there were 2,183 violent deaths, that number shot up to 4,789 in 2023, which is equivalent to a proportion of 40.9 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, the report recalls.

Kidnappings, for their part, went from 1,359 to 2,490 from one year to the next, that is, they increased by 83%.

Armed gangs have targeted police stations themselves: throughout 2023, 45 police stations were left unusable, which represents more than a tenth of the 412 existing in the country.

These and other attacks ended the lives of 48 police officers, in addition to 75 wounded, and have caused a constant trickle of desertions in the force “at an alarming rate,” says the report, which also regrets “the lack of resources and personnel.” in all police stations.

Meanwhile, the arrival of an international police support mission, which will be commanded by Kenya, is a long time coming: so far, only one visit has been reported on December 5 by a delegation of Kenyan officers, accompanied by American agents.

The acting director general of Haiti’s police and several senior officials also visited Kenya next, but a concrete timetable for the deployment of the first police officers remains to be established. EFE

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