Fleeing Haiti: 95,000 People Leave Port-au-Prince in a Month

The situation in the capital deteriorated further after the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry

In recent weeks, the situation in Haiti has further deteriorated – if that’s possible. The gangs that rampage across the country have gained even more power since Prime Minister Ariel Henry announced his resignation a month ago. The humanitarian crisis is getting worse: shooting is becoming commonplace, ports are closed, hospitals are crumbling and poorly supplied, and food is scarce.

Given the appalling security conditions, the International Organization for Migration (OIM) reported that 94,821 departures were recorded from the capital’s bus stations between March 8 and April 9, according to Italian news agency ANSA. Figures that are clearly underestimated “because they do not reflect the entire flow, given that some displaced persons do not necessarily pass through data collection points.”

The main destinations of this internal migration are the departments of Grand Sud, an area that has already hosted more than 100,000 displaced people in recent months, but these areas do not have the structures and facilities to accommodate this number of people.

Meanwhile, in the USA, pressure is mounting on authorities to block the flow of weapons entering Haiti, which are mostly smuggled from Florida ports, according to Reuters. At the same time, there is a call to stop the forced repatriation of migrants.