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New Gang Battle Lines Scar Haiti as Political Deadlock Persists

Increasingly deadly turf wars between rival gang coalitions have revealed the depth of Haiti’s political morass

In this Q&A, Crisis Group shows how the former and the latter are deeply intertwined.

  • Diego Da Rin

What is behind the rising violence in Haiti, and how have security conditions changed since the president was assassinated in 2021?

Security in Haiti has deteriorated sharply since President Jovenel Moïse was shot to death inside his private residence in the early hours of 7 July 2021, with clashes between well-armed criminal gangs causing hundreds of violent deaths in recent months.

It is still unclear who was behind the…

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