William Ruto, President of Kenya.
In a report Tuesday , UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned of the staggering level of gang violence, which continues to worsen in Haiti.
While the gangs were until recently mainly present in the capital and its suburbs, he highlighted the rapid expansion of their violence in previously spared rural areas.
The number of homicides more than doubled (+119.4%) in 2023 compared to 2022, reaching 4,789 deaths. Of those killed, more than 2,700 were civilians and more than 1,600 were gang members.
The murders, sexual violence and kidnappings committed by organized gangs, particularly against women and girls, among other crimes, continue with impunity, he added.
In a context of terror, of inhabitants forced to flee or hide, the country is experiencing one of the worst food crises in the world.
More 4.35 million Haitians, or more than 40% of the population, are acutely food insecure.