US Arms Fueling Deadly Gang Violence in Haiti: Uncovering the Criminal Economy

The escalating unrest in Haiti has led to a surge in deadly gang attacks in the capital of Port-au-Prince. For years, human rights advocates and civil society groups in the country have been calling for an end to the illicit flow of firearms to criminal gangs, especially from the United States.

One such advocate is Rosy Auguste Ducena, a lawyer and programme director at the National Human Rights Defense Network (RNDDH), who emphasizes that Haiti does not have its own weapons or ammunition factory. Therefore, the weapons and ammunition causing chaos in the country are coming from elsewhere, with a significant portion originating from the United States.

The range of firearms and ammunition entering Haiti is largely unchecked due to weak state institutions, corruption, and challenges in monitoring the vast coastline of the country. Ducena stresses that greater control over what leaves the United States is needed to address this critical issue and curb the violence and instability caused by criminal gangs.

International cooperation and support are crucial in helping Haiti address this issue and promote peace and security in the country. By implementing stronger controls and monitoring mechanisms, it may be possible to reduce the flow of illicit firearms into Haiti and ultimately curb violence caused by criminal gangs.

By Samantha Johnson

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