Internally displaced people due to gang violence in Haiti increase 60% since March

Internally displaced people due to gang violence in Haiti increase 60% since March

Geneva — He number of internally displaced people in Haitia country that is going through a serious crisis due to violence by armed gangs, has increased 60% since March to reach 580,000 peopleindicated this Tuesday the International Organization for Migration (IOM) of the United Nations (UN).

“These figures are a direct consequence of years of increasing violence, which reached new record levels in February, and its catastrophic impact on humanitarian matters,” the head of the IOM office in Haiti, Philippe Branchat, said in a statement.

The endless crisis forces more and more people to leave their homes and leave behind everything they have“added the local official, who stressed that many of them are not the first time they have had to change homes to escape violence.

The displacements are not only taking place in the capital, Port-au-Prince, the main area of ​​activity of the armed gangs that according to some reports control 80% of its territory, but also in neighboring provinces to the south, where the number of people who have fled has increased from 116,000 to 270,000 in the last three months.

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