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Kidnapping: hostage released in Torcel


The abducted woman was released on Friday, March 18, 2022, during an operation led by the National Police of Haiti (PNH) at Torcel 68, in the city of Tabarre. The two suspected bandits managed to escape after being injured in a shootout with police. The victim was abducted at Thomassin 44 on the evening of March 14-15, 2022, PNH reported via its Twitter account.


Red Cross in Russia rescued Haitian students


12 Haitian students stranded at Kaliningrad Airport in Moscow received hygiene kits and Auchan vouchers from the Russian Red Cross on Thursday, March 17, 2022. This humanitarian aid follows a request made on their behalf by the Haitian authorities. Arriving mainly from universities in Belgorod, these students wanted to travel to Poland without a visa in order to avoid sanctions against the host country that prevented them from receiving financial assistance from their families.


Senate invites prime minister for dialogue for third time


After two invitations refused by Prime Minister Ariel Henry, the Senate of the Republic invites him for the third time to a meeting on Monday, March 21, 2022, around a possible solution to the crisis raging in the country. In correspondence, the remaining third of the Senate calls on the head of government to “do everything possible from a human and political point of view to correct this state of affairs.” The Prime Minister, expected this Thursday, did not appear at the meeting in the Senate.


South: Sit-in in front of Antoine Simon airport to protest insecurity in Martissan.


Citizens of the Southern department organized a sit-in in front of the Antoine Simon airport in Les Cays on Friday 18 March 2022 to protest the actions of the bandits in Martissant. For several months this area, located at the southern entrance to Port-au-Prince, could not be taken without risk. Some died there, others were robbed or kidnapped. This week, gunmen operating on this stretch of National Road 2 stole a dozen public transport vehicles.


Kidnapping: Freeing Principal Ernst Lafleur


Principal of the Jacques Roumain College, Ernst Lafleur, who regained his freedom on Thursday, March 17, 2022, recognized Le Nouvelliste. This release came after a three-day mobilization by his students and representatives of the population demanding his release. The director’s wife, abducted with him on March 11, was released earlier.


According to Pierre Esperance, the members of the gang have been released from prison on the orders of some ministers.


Members of the 400 Mawozo gang were released from prison under pressure from Ariel Henry’s cabinet members. This was announced by the executive director of the National Human Rights Network (RNDDH) Pierre Esperance. Several members of the said gang have been arrested in the course of operations carried out in recent weeks by the Haitian National Police (HNP), notably in Croix-des-Boucs.


Weather: Separate rain forecast for Haiti from Friday, March 18 to Sunday, March 20, 2022


According to a bulletin from the Haitian Hydrometeorological Service (UHM), scattered showers are possible over the country in the late afternoon and evening from Friday March 18 to Sunday March 20, 2022. From light to moderate, these showers will fall in particular on the departments of South, Nippes, Center and Artibonite.


233 arrests and several firearms seized from February to March, according to PNH.


233 people were arrested and several suspected gunmen were killed in operations carried out by the national police between February 1 and March 17, 2022, according to a report presented by Haitian National Police spokesman Harry Derosier in a conference press release. on Thursday, March 17, 2022. Rape, criminal association, illegal possession of firearms, drug trafficking, murder, kidnapping and forced imprisonment are the charges brought against the detainees. At the same time, the FSP seized 28 firearms, 5 kg of marijuana, 255 cartridges and other items. During these operations, two police officers and several bandits were killed, including 14 people in Croix-de-Bouc.


South: Arrest of three alleged PNG bandits.


Three alleged bandits were arrested on the night of March 15-16 in the city of Chantal (SUD) during a joint operation carried out by the Haitian National Police and Les Cayes prosecutor’s office. They are Marquis Noel, the alleged leader of the gang, Seliphasa Oxiluis and Simon José Agar. They are charged with murder, arson, theft and criminal conspiracy. According to department authorities, the gang leader, Marquis Noel, is an ally of a former gang leader named “Kiliku”, who was arrested in January 2020.


Minister of Culture Emmelie Prophet encourages innovation at TNH.


The head of the Ministry of Culture and Communications, Emmelie Prophet, calls on the leadership of the National Television of Haiti (TNH) to innovate and build capacity within the said institution. In this sense, on Friday, March 18, she visited the premises of the THX, according to the certificate of the ministry. As part of the Year of Beautiful Human Love, the minister called on TNH CEO Gamal Jules Augustin to create content that allows the state to have its own production. The year of beautiful human love began on Thursday, February 3, 2022, commemorating the centenary of the birth of writer and novelist Jacques Stephen Alexis, who was born on April 22, 1922 in Gonaïves and died in April 1961.


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