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Canada withdrawing nonessential embassy staff from Haiti

Nov. 12, 2021 10:03 AM EST

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canada said it is temporarily withdrawing nonessential staff from its embassy in Haiti. The move comes in response to a spike in gang-related violence in Haiti and a severe lack of fuel that has affected hospitals, schools and banks. ...

US urges citizens to leave Haiti amid deepening turmoil

Nov. 11, 2021 15:06 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The U.S. government is urging U.S. citizens to leave Haiti because of the country’s deepening insecurity and a severe lack of fuel that has affected hospitals, schools and banks. Gas stations remained closed on Thursday. The rare warning...

Haiti priest recounts abduction by gang holding missionaries

Nov. 09, 2021 16:16 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The Rev. Jean-Nicaisse Milien felt the cool barrel of a gun against his right ear. The Haitian priest and nine other people had just been kidnapped while driving through the outskirts of the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, in early April....

"No photo!": A visual essay of Haiti

Nov. 05, 2021 08:17 AM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti is not one story. It is many stories -- overlapping, colliding, advancing relentlessly to violent and heartbreaking endings. The rich and the desperately poor. The brutal and the brutalized. Uneasily and sometimes murderously, they...

UNICEF: Gangs in Haiti are targeting schools and students

Nov. 02, 2021 18:43 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — UNICEF warned Tuesday that schools in Haiti are increasingly at the mercy of gangs, with children becoming targets of robbery or ransom. The agency said that at least seven schools in the capital of Port-au-Prince have been forced to pay...

Haitian revelers honor the dead in Vodou festival

Nov. 01, 2021 20:50 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Hundreds of revelers clad in white and clutching candles crowded into the main cemetery at Haiti’s capital on Monday to pay their respects to the dead during an annual Vodou festival. Many in the crowd surrounded the tomb of the first...

Haiti PM condemns gangs, kidnappings in public address

Oct. 29, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Prime Minister Ariel Henry condemned gangs and kidnappings in a prerecorded address posted Friday in which he also reassured Haitians that the country was not running out of fuel despite severe shortages that have frustrated millions and sparked recent strikes....

In Haiti, the difficult relationship of gangs and business

Oct. 27, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Youri Mevs knew that the call was coming, and she was terrified. Mevs is a member of one of the richest families in Haiti; she owns Shodecosa, Haiti’s largest industrial park, which warehouses 93 percent of the nation’s imported food....

Group defends work in Haiti of 17 abducted missionaries

Oct. 26, 2021 14:43 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A religious organization whose 17 missionaries were kidnapped in Haiti almost a week ago defended its work in dangerous places on Tuesday. The statement from Christian Aid Ministries comes as U.S. and Haitian authorities keep working to...

Beleaguered Haiti capital brought to brink by fuel shortages

Oct. 24, 2021 18:15 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti’s capital has been brought to the brink of exhaustion by fuel shortages, after staggering along despite an earthquake, the assassination of the president, gang violence and mass kidnappings. More than two weeks of fuel deliveries...