Violent Riots - A Country in Turmoil

Kidnappers and well-armed street gangs operate with impunity in the capital, Port-au-Prince. Targets of kidnapping for ransom include wealthy Haitians as well as foreign aid workers and even diplomats.

Haiti is a war zone, and is so poor that Riots are common place as food is so costly. Clay Patties (a mixture of clay and water) are substituted for food where 80 percent of the population makes do on less than $2 a day and few have full-time jobs.
The police and presence of a UN stabilisation force is intended to strengthen Haiti's long term security. However, the security situation is volatile and Haiti remains an unsafe place to visit.
Recently, a series of violent riots and demonstrations have taken place across the country in protest against rising food prices.

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