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Escalating gang violence in Haiti sees victims treble in January

The number of victims of gang violence in Haiti tripled in January 2024 compared to January 2023, with at least 1,108 people killed, kidnapped, or injured, the UN’s human rights office said on 9 February. The new data came as it was reported that a planning meeting for the arrival of a Multinational Security Support Mission was held in Washington, D.C. on 12-13 February. Kenya looks set to lead the mission if it can work around a court ban on a foreign police deployment, while the US Congress is still to release funds to pay for it. For more on the UN-authorised mission, which has met some strong opposition, read our recent report.

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