Long lines at some money transfer services on March 20 after they re-open their doors following days of armed gang attacks on many facilities. – Photo by Juhakenson Blaise/ Go West Now

Overview:

Haïti’s capital remains gripped in a state of paralysis with government offices, schools and commercial banks closed. The armed gang ‘Kraze Baryè’ gangs continued their relentless assaults on the commune of Pétion-Ville that had remained safe until now. For 21 days armed gangs have installed a climate of terror, a direct consequence of brazen attacks on key institutions like the General Directorate of Taxes and the Ministry of Interior and Territorial Collectivities.

Office of Insurance (ONA) closed on March 20 following armed individuals brazen attacks on many officials' facilities since Feb.29. Juhakenson Blaise/ Go West Now
The General Directorate of Taxes (DGI) in Port-au-Prince kept its doors shut on March 20, 2024. Juhakenson Blaise/Go West Now
Ministry of Interior and Territorial Collectivities still closed on March 20 due to gang violence. Juhakenson Blaise/ Go West Now

Schools remained closed three weeks after gang attacks on Haïti’s capital

Collège Fernand Prosper is still closed on March 20. – Photo by Juhakenson Blaise/ Go West Now
Collège Jacques Roumain still closed on March 20. – Photo by Juhakenson Blaise/ Go West Now
On March 20, schools in numerous communities across the country, including Fernand Prosper and Jacques Roumain colleges in the capital, have remained closed. This is since the escalation of gang violence on February 29.- Photo by Juhakenson Blaise/Go West Now.

Many commercial banks remained closed

Sogebel
Major commercial banks across the capital, including Sogebel, remained closed on March 20 due to the escalation of violence. Many bank facilities were looted and vandalized by armed individuals. – Photo Juhakenson Blaise/ Go West Now

I am Juhakenson Blaise, a journalist based in the city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I cover the news that develops in this city and deals with other subjects related to the experience of Haitians for the Haitian Times newspaper. I am also a lover of poetry.

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