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Haiti’s Desperate Fight Against Gangs: When Lawlessness Sparks Vigilante Justice



In the face of overwhelming gang violence, the people of Haiti have been pushed to the brink. Civilians in Port-au-Prince have reportedly taken the law into their own hands, killing at least 18 alleged gangsters in the past week alone.

Frustration with the inability of the Haitian government to protect its citizens and the lack of international intervention has led to this desperate and brutal form of vigilante justice.

The gangs that have overrun Haiti since the assassination of former President Jovenel Moise show no signs of stopping their reign of terror.

Even the police, who should be the first line of defense, are being targeted and brutally murdered by these criminals. It’s no wonder that some citizens have decided that enough is enough.

One can’t help but feel a certain sympathy for the people of Haiti, who have been abandoned by a corrupt government led by Prime Minister Ariel Henry and an international community that hesitates to intervene.

While the vigilante killings are horrifying, it’s understandable that citizens feel the need to take matters into their own hands.


As a firm believer in individual freedom and responsibility, I can’t condone the violence that has erupted in Haiti. However, it’s hard to ignore the fact that these acts of vigilantism are a direct result of a failing government and a lack of international support.

The situation in Haiti has become a living “hell” of murders and reprisals, as described by human rights activist Velina Elysee Charlier.

In the end, the people of Haiti deserve better. They deserve a government that stands up against corruption and works to protect its citizens. They deserve a world that is willing to step in and help when it’s clear that the situation has become unbearable.

Until that day comes, the streets of Port-au-Prince will continue to be stained with blood and fire, and the people will continue to fight for their lives.

The citizens of this nation have endured too much suffering for far too long. The United States and other countries must recognize the urgent need for support in Haiti and work together to find a way to bring stability and security back to the country. Otherwise, we will continue to see innocent lives destroyed and communities torn apart by the chaos that has engulfed this nation.