In April, the Haitian capital and its inhabitants experienced a new wave of extreme violence that resulted in the death of more than 600 people. On 24 April alone, MSF teams treated around 50 people with gunshot and knife wounds.
Many victims were unable to reach a healthcare facility – it was too dangerous for them to leave their homes. Earlier in the year, in February, and once again in April, we were forced to suspend activities in our hospital in Cité Soleil because of fighting in the neighbouring street. In two years, the hospital has been hit by 65 stray bullets.
Around 90 armed groups are waging war in the streets of Port-au-Prince and now control more than 80 per cent of the city. According to the Haitian human rights research group CARDH, 389 kidnappings were recorded in the first quarter of 2023, an increase of over 173 per cent compared to 2021 and 72 per cent compared to 2022.
Episode 2: Nowhere to go