Media workers are targeted by members of hostile criminal groups in turbulent areas outside the Haitian capital
On Thursday, two reporters were assassinated after interviewing a gang leader on the outskirts of the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, when members of a hostile criminal group opened fire on them.
Three reporters working for online media and radio stations arrived in the Laboule 12 area on the same day to be interviewed by one of the local criminal leaders.
Soon after the meeting, they were attacked by rival gangs. Two reporters identified as Amady John Wesley and Wilkens Louissaint were shot, while their colleagues were lucky to escape.
According to local media reports, the bandits subsequently burned the victim’s body.
Several armed groups are currently fighting for control of Laboule 12, a strategic area where one of the main routes to the southern Caribbean country is located.
Since the assassination of Haitian President Giovinel Mois six months ago, the chaos of organized crime has worsened in one of the poorest countries in the world.
These gangs have expanded their activities beyond the poorer communities of Port-au-Prince because the police lack the resources and manpower needed to combat them.
According to human rights organizations, in 2021 alone, there were at least 950 kidnappings in the country.
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