Haitian criminal gangs have spread to cities in the north, northwest and northeast of Haiti, on their way to the Dominican border.
This situation worries the inhabitants of these Haitian regions and alerts the Dominican authorities, who have taken measures, to a greater military reinforcement to protect the Dominican borders.
Meanwhile, the gourde, Haiti’s official currency, is undergoing a gradual process of devaluation against the Dominican peso, due to inflation, kidnappings, insecurity, political instability, and other ailments, money changers, dealers and other sectors said. Haitians, whom Lestin Diario met at the common border bridge.
Oninté Francois, a merchant from Mon Organisé, in the region of Ouanaminthe, near the Dominican border, said that her dream, like other Haitians, is to settle in the Dominican Republic, because of the kidnappings, insecurity, inflation and lack of jobs, they are making people desperate.
“We Haitians are desperate, we don’t know what to do with kidnappings, delinquency, street crimes and food shortages, there’s nowhere to go, only the Dominican Republic, they limit our entry,” the Haitian lamented. Trader, interview yesterday by Listin Diario at the local border bridge.
In turn, he explained that there are many forms of kidnapping in Haiti and lamented that apparently these gangs have expanded their activities in the local communities near the Dominican border line. Meanwhile, human rights activist from Four Liberty, Antoine Desire, asserted that kidnapping gangs keep Haitians in a sad and desperate environment.
He added, in this regard, that the 400 Maozo gang, led by Jermaine Jolie, is in retreat due to the strikes directed at it by the Haitian police, but other small groups have appeared, and with very dangerous actions.
According to Haitians, there are now groups dedicated to kidnapping drivers, public transport drivers, and even animals, such as raising dogs that have people in their homes as pets.
“In Cap-Haitien they kidnapped my dog, a Chihuahua, this was the adoration of me, my daughter and my husband, they asked us, the equivalent of 200 dollars to give it to us, we gave her 150, but I had to leave her to take care of her sister, and now we are here trying to live for a while in the Dominican Republic ”, Dr. Josephine denounced Joseph, while standing in line at Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Dagabon.
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Haiti’s public transport drivers have deplored that they must pay a daily toll to heavily armed gangs on the highways between Port-au-Prince, Cap-Haitien, Lemonade, Trou du Nord, Melot, the entrance to Fort Liberty and other cities.
“God free the Dominican Republic from those gangs that plague Haiti, and I hope they never enter, because people in my country are going through very hard times, they even enter the yards of houses and show off their criminal acts,” he said. Johnny August, a missionary for the Pentecostal Church of the Fort Liberty Division, near the Dominican border.
“Kidnapping is in fashion now in Haiti,” said the priest. Haitian exchangers stationed at the border bridge told Listin Diario that the gord (Haiti’s official currency), has been significantly devalued against the Dominican peso, due to the effects of kidnappings, insecurity, inflation, economic crisis and political instability.
Exchangers Papito Pierre and Renço Joseph revealed that to buy currently 500 Dominican pesos, you must have a thousand gourdes.
In this context, they explained that the economy of the cities of Haiti, near the Dominican Republic, as in the province of Ouanaminthe, 600 meters from Dajabón, is affected by this country.
“People prefer to make their transactions with the Dominican peso, because it is more fun than dealing with a pumpkin,” Joseph said. Most merchants in that city accept their customers who pay in Dominican currency, according to the teller.
Many Haitians claim that these dangerous armed gangs are dedicated to looting trucks, ranchers, and buses that transport goods and passengers on roads (highways).
Trader Danny Joseph of Cap-Haitien complained that “trucks carrying produce snatch them with drivers and loot them”.
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A teacher at Trou Du Nord public school, Solange Laguerre, denounced that five days ago her 15-year-old daughter was kidnapped in Labadee, near Cap Haitien, along with two other friends by four youngsters, from whom they took a cell phone, a cake, 32 pieces of bread and five liters of soft drinks.
“There is a lot of hunger in my country and that’s why people come to the Dominican Republic, we don’t want that, but we have to,” Laguerre said.