The poorest country in the Americas is often the victim of bad weather conditions, but also of violence of all sorts.
Since the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse on their private residence in Pétion-Ville., and an earthquake the following month which killed more than 2,000 people, violence in Haiti has become worse.
For years armed gangs have controlled the poorest districts of the Haitian capital, but recently they have extended their hold to other parts of Haiti’s capital city Port-au-Prince and its outlying areas. Haiti has one of the highest rates of kidnapping in the world, as powerful gangs exploit the lawless situation to make money from ransom payments.
A group of 15, US missionaries and their family members, including children, are reported to have been kidnapped by one of the many armed gangs near Haiti’s Port-au-Prince. The Christian missionaries were seized shortly after leaving the town of Croix-des-Bouquets and continue to be held by the gang, according to a security source quoted by the AFP news agency.
More than 600 kidnappings were recorded in the first three quarters of 2021, compared with 231 over the same period last year, according to a local civil society group.
According to the New York Times, many in Haiti have been calling for the US to send troops to the country, a request the Biden administration is reluctant to accept.