Haiti Grapples with Escalating Insecurity: International Organization for Migration Reports Mass Exodus Amidst Political Turmoil

Haiti Grapples with Escalating Insecurity: International Organization for Migration Reports Mass Exodus Amidst Political Turmoil

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has sounded the alarm as 16,947 individuals fled the capital of Haiti from March 8–14 due to mounting armed attacks and pervasive insecurity.

The exodus, reported amidst rising violence, has seen people seeking refuge in provinces, particularly within the Grand Sud region, where they face perilous journeys along gang-controlled routes.

Humanitarian Crisis Intensifies

The Grand Sud region, encompassing departments like Grand’Anse, Nippes, South, and Southeast, has become a refuge for over 116,000 individuals escaping the insecurity of the capital.

Compounding the security crisis is political instability triggered by the recent resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry, leaving the country without general elections and exacerbating shortages of essential necessities such as food, healthcare, and drinking water.

Call for National Unity and Transitional Governance

In response to the dire situation, religious leaders, including bishops, have issued a fervent call for unity and decisive action to address the crisis.

They advocate for the establishment of an inclusive transitional government to restore peace and security to all Haitians.

However, they emphasize their non-partisan stance, reaffirming their commitment to their prophetic mission and abstaining from direct involvement in political affairs.

Religious Leaders Navigate Political Neutrality

While expressing solidarity with efforts to resolve the crisis, religious leaders maintain their distance from political engagement, emphasizing their role as spiritual guides rather than political actors.

They clarify that the Catholic Church has not designated any representatives to participate in governmental structures, underscoring their commitment to neutrality in political matters.

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