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Weapons of Death: How the US Is Contributing to Violence and Mourning in Haiti

Haiti has been plagued with violence and mourning for years due to the influx of illicit firearms into the country, primarily from the United States. As a human rights advocate and program director at the National Human Rights Defense Network (RNDDH), Rosy Auguste Ducena emphasized the need to address this issue, which has once again brought attention to the surge in deadly gang attacks in Port-au-Prince.

The lack of weapons or ammunition factories in Haiti means that all weapons causing violence in the country are coming from elsewhere. The weak state institutions, corruption, and challenges in monitoring Haiti’s vast coastline have allowed various types of firearms, including handguns, semi-automatic, and even military-style weapons, to enter the country with little to no oversight.

Ducena highlighted the importance of taking responsibility for controlling the export of weapons from countries like the United States to help address this issue. One crucial step that could be taken is tightening controls on firearms exports to prevent them from reaching criminal gangs in Haiti. This would be a positive step towards addressing the insecurity and violence caused by illicit weapons flowing into Haiti.

If other countries are willing to assist Haiti, they should take action to control their own exports of firearms and ensure that they do not end up in the hands of criminal gangs in Haiti. Only through collective efforts can we hope to put an end to this cycle of violence and bring peace back to our communities.


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