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Haiti,United Nations

25,000 Gun Owners a Problem for Humanitarian Aid Distribution

4 May 2004

United Nations News Service

The rising crime rate in Haiti is restricting humanitarian aid distribution in the troubled Caribbean country, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today. Kidnapping has increased, while cars are stopped and the people inside them robbed, OCHA spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs told a news briefing in Geneva. The police force was still understaffed and had few weapons, while some 25,000 people in the country were estimated to own... (

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Disarmament is Not a Done Deal

3 May 2004

Sun-Sentinel (Florida)

PORT-AU-PRINCE — When a small cadre of armed rebels walked through the lobby of Haitian Prime Minister Gerard Latortue's office during the visit of a South Florida congressmen last month, their appearance was carefully planned to deliver a message: Disarmament in Haiti is not a done deal. "We want to turn in our arms, but it seems the government doesn't have a plan," said Guy Philippe, the charismatic rebel leader, during a recent interview on the outskirts of the... (

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Haiti's Big Threat: Small Arms

23 March 2004

Christian Science Monitor

WASHINGTON — On March 15, the peacekeeping mission in Haiti had its first casualty when a US marine was shot by a small-caliber pistol as he patrolled a stronghold of support for ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. While not fatal, the shooting is an unfortunate sign of things to come. With thousands of small arms in Haiti, the threat to US soldiers, Haitian civilians, and sustainable peace is real. The Caribbean island nation is the latest in a long list of... (

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In Rebel City, Guns Are Power and No One Wants to Let Go

6 March 2004

New York Times

GONAÏVES, Haiti — The unofficial chief of police in this city, the birthplace of the uprising that toppled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, is a hot-tempered young man named Wilfort Ferdinand, also known as T-Will. He spends his evenings drinking local rum with his deputies and girlfriends at the bar of a local hotel, a Haitian Secret Service badge dangling from his neck. He spends his days policing the city's streets, his lieutenant Billy Augustin by his side.... (

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South Africa,Haiti

Government Suspected of Supplying Rifles to Haiti

29 February 2004

News24 (South Africa)

JOHANNESBURG — When word was out that embattled Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide could be on his way to South Africa, there was still no clarity from government sources about whether an aircraft was scheduled to take arms, ammunition and bullet-proof vests from South Africa to the Caribbean island republic. The reports about a SA Air Force aircraft scheduled to leave on Tuesday, originated from a weekend article in Beeld newspaper. It said the consignment... (

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Haitian Police Burn Guns

30 May 2003

Miami Herald

PORT-AU-PRINCE — The Haitian National Police on Thursday burned 233 guns seized during a national disarmament campaign — but most diplomats, and representatives from the Organization of American States who helped craft the effort, stayed away from the ceremony. The campaign to take illegal guns off the streets is intended to satisfy the demands of the opposition, which wants a secure environment for campaigning in legislative elections. Critics have complained... (

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