All About Haiti

CARIBBEAN / MARCH 23, 2022

The 400 Mawozo (400 Lame Men) gang is currently the largest active criminal group in Haiti. Led by Joseph Wilson, alias “Lanmò San Jou”, the gang has managed to consolidate…

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC / 8 MAR 2022

Dominican President Luis Abinader claims that constructing a 164-kilometer barrier along its border with Haiti will stop irregular migration and smuggling – the same claims made in the past for…

CARIBBEAN / 11 FEB 2022

Latin American countries scored poorly on Transparency International’s latest corruption index, with the worst joining the ranks of war-torn nations and dictatorships.

ARGENTINA / 1 FEB 2022

In 2021, most countries in Latin America and the Caribbean experienced a marked increase in murders. Resurgent violence was to be expected after some of the world’s strictest COVID-19 lockdowns…

ELITES AND CRIME / 29 DEC 2021

Jimmy Chérizier, alias "Barbecue," is a complicated individual. For some, he's a Robin-Hood figure. For others, he's a former police officer implicated in one of Haiti's worst massacres.

COCAINE / 14 DEC 2021

An explosive new report suggests that the high-profile assassination of Jovenel Moïse may have been related to a crackdown on drug trafficking and a list he was compiling of Haitian…

CARIBBEAN / 10 DEC 2021

Religious groups are among the final institutions present in Haiti, delivering aid and support to an afflicted population. Unfortunately, that has made priests, nuns and missionaries prime targets for kidnapping…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 30 NOV 2021

A string of US citizens and residents accused of smuggling weapons into Haiti underscores how guns purchased in the United States are a source of illegal weapons in a country…

ARGENTINA / 19 NOV 2021

Once the purview of Mexican drug cartels, the production of pro-gang songs that soothe the egos of powerful criminal overlords are swiftly becoming a region-wide phenomenon.

HAITI / 18 NOV 2021

The relief provided by Haiti’s gangs finally releasing their chokehold on the country’s oil supply may only be temporary.

HAITI / 4 NOV 2021

The ability and willingness of Haiti’s gangs to choke off essential services such as power and water, seemingly at will, is enhancing their influence as they push the country to…

CARIBBEAN / 22 OCT 2021

Kidnappings have skyrocketed in Haiti, but the crisis has political as well as criminal roots.

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