‘The gangs are in charge’: Haiti’s outgunned police fight a desperate rear defence

Link : The Guardian website
Client : The Guardian
Category : Journalism, Writing

With violent insurrectionists in charge of 80% of the capital, Haiti’s police cling to their mission in the face of deadly odds

Etienne Côté-Paluck in Port-au-Prince and Tom Phillips

Thu 16 May 2024 12.39 BST

Nine hours and countless bullets after gunmen began bombarding Stanley’s police station in Port-au-Prince, the twentysomething officer started fearing he would not make it out alive.

“If you don’t hear from me, it’s because I’m dead,” he wrote on a family WhatsApp group by way of goodbye.

The officer’s sister shivered as she read her sibling’s parting text and – when he didn’t answer her messages – rang one of his closest friends desperate for news. “I’m going out of my mind,” she sobbed.

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