More than 33,000 people flee the capital of Haiti in just 13 days due to a wave of violence

More than 33,000 people flee the capital of Haiti in just 13 days due to a wave of violence

Prince Port – More of 33,000 people have fled the capital of Haiti in almost two weeks, while gangs continue to loot homes and attack state institutions, according to a new report from the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Most of the displaced have moved to the southern region of Haiti, which is generally more peaceful compared to Port-au-Prince, whose population is estimated at 3 million and remains largely crippled by gang violence.

“The attacks and widespread insecurity are pushing more and more people to leave the capital to find refuge in the provinces, risking passing through routes controlled by gangs,” the IOM said late Thursday in its report.

Large numbers of people have been killed and nearly 17,000 left homeless since gang attacks began on February 29, when gunmen attacked police stations and the main international airport, which remains closed. They also stormed Haiti’s two largest prisons and freed more than 4,000 prisoners.

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