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More than 53,000 people have fled Haiti's capital amid escalating gang violence

More than 53,000 people have fled Haiti's capital amid escalating gang violence

More than 60% of Haiti's population heads to the southern rural region, which worries UN officials.

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At least 53,000 people have fled the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, in the past three weeks, the vast majority of them. To escape gang violence This small Caribbean nation is struggling, according to a United Nations report released Tuesday.

More than 60% of the population He heads to the rural areas of southern HaitiThis raises the concern of United Nations officials.

“Our humanitarian colleagues have confirmed that these departments do not have sufficient infrastructure and adequate host communities They don't have enough resources UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said: “We want to deal with the large number of people fleeing Port-au-Prince.”

Southern area It already houses more than 116,000 Haitians who have already left Port-au-Prince, according to a report by the UN's International Organization for Migration.

Criminal gangs attack institutions

The exodus of some three million people living in the capital began soon after Powerful gangs will launch a series of attacks against government institutions At the end of February. Armed men burned police stations, opened fire on the main international airport, which is still closed, and stormed the two largest prisons in Haiti, releasing more than four thousand prisoners.

Haitians desperately want to resume their daily lives, but the shooting continues and they find bodies lying in the street or dodging bullets on their way to the market. It has become part of everyday life In Haiti.

The Mexican government said on Monday, April 1 that It evacuated dozens of its citizens from Haiti. The executive authority said that Mexican citizens requested their evacuation from the capital, Port-au-Prince, due to the increasing security crisis resulting from the violence.

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for security reasons, The operation was not announced in advance The government said it began at 4 a.m. on Sunday, March 31.