In the last two years, the kind of violence Madiana described has risen significantly in Bel Air, one of the most impoverished areas here in Haiti’s capital. Kidnappings and killings have created panic among the local population. Children here have been kidnapped on their way to school. Houses and schools have been burned down. Women have seen their street business taken away by mobs, gunmen and general social unrest. Many families have moved to other areas or to the countryside to get away from armed gangs.
Sabine Dolan. UNICEF | 2006