Haiti gang violence enters third week 

What happened 
Fourteen bodies have been found in Pétion-Ville, an affluent suburb of Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince, as the country’s spiralling gang violence enters its third week.
Who said what
Unicef’s executive director Catherine Russell called the violence in Haiti “horrific” and compared the country’s growing lawlessness to the post-apocalyptic action film “Mad Max”.
The commentary 
The descent into chaos has “compounded one of the world’s most severe humanitarian crises”, said Port-au-Prince resident Farah Axios. Haiti’s healthcare system remains on the verge of collapse after armed gangs attacked government buildings earlier this month and forced Prime Minister Ariel Henry to resign. Additionally, the number of Haitians facing acute food insecurity has tripled since 2016, according to the United Nations World Food Program. The current crisis comes as a “reminder, if any were needed, that Haiti remains closer to anarchy than stability”, said the BBC.
What next? 
International attempts to fill the political vacuum left by the prime minister’s resignation have now “accelerated”, said the AFP news service. Several countries, including the US and EU member states, have already pulled out diplomatic personnel, while the neighbouring Dominican Republic evacuated dozens of its citizens by helicopter. Meanwhile, efforts are continuing to organise a Kenyan security mission to back up Haiti’s overwhelmed police force.

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