US Tells Its Citizens To Leave Haiti

US Delivers Order To People in Haiti

( – Volatile has long described the situation in Haiti, but it became even more so following the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse two years ago. The United States has sent hundreds of millions of dollars in humanitarian aid to the country. Now, it’s warning its citizens to leave the country due to unrest that could threaten their lives.

On July 27, the US State Department issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel warning for the country, citing “kidnapping, crime, civil unrest, and poor health care infrastructure.” Gangs have increasingly targeted Americans for kidnapping, and they recently abducted an American nurse and her child. The same day, the State Department ordered family members of government employees, along with non-emergent US government employees, to leave the nation. It also urged other US citizens to leave as soon as possible.

Individuals aren’t the only targets; convoys have fallen under attack, too, demonstrating that the violence is escalating. In April, civilians, tired of the gang violence overtaking the nation, engaged in vigilante behavior. The “Bwa Kale” campaign was effective in that it ceased most of the gang activity — murder rates significantly dropped — but the tide has seemingly changed again.

A resurgence of criminal and gang activity has reemerged, and local politics aren’t helping the matter. Since Moïse’s death, the country has failed to elect or appoint a new president. There’s also a lot of skepticism around Prime Minister Ariel Henry, who refuses to hold an election citing instability. The police lack the tools necessary to fight off such violence, and other nations remain wary of sending in reinforcements, given the current political climate.

Hundreds have flocked to the US embassy seeking an escape from the violence, which is seemingly neverending. National Human Rights Defense Network president, Pierre Espérance, said, “No one is safe, whether foreigner or Haitian,” at the hands of gangs in the country.

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