Kidnapping cases have been increasing in Haitian society for several days. According to information available to our editorial staff, 22 cases of kidnapping were recorded last week in Port-au-Prince.
The lines do not move in Haiti, the news has always been the same in the country for a long time. Kidnapping, thefts, rapes, political instability, galloping inflation, deterioration of living conditions form the backdrop of daily Haitian life. Regarding insecurity, the cases identified in several areas of the metropolitan region of Port-au-Prince are mostly produced under the helpless gaze of the National Police.
Faced with the outbreak of acts of kidnapping, beleaguered citizens refuse to silence their indignation. In exchanges that we had with citizens of the Haitian capital, most deplore that this phenomenon has serious consequences on the proper functioning of the country.
For Jean Joseph Steevenson, the very fashionable acts of kidnapping in Haitian society are the result of the absence of a security plan from our leaders.
« If the state authorities had a security plan and if the majority of our leaders did not have close relations with gang groups, the phenomenon of kidnapping would be eradicated in our society, » he said.
For a young student in Psychology at the State University of Haiti (UEH), whom we had met at Avenue Christophe, the growing rise in kidnapping simply testifies to the non-existence of the State.
“There is nothing to add on this subject. The phenomenon of kidnapping which is in full swing in the country expresses the non-existence of our leaders, basically, the non-existence of the State. We arrived in this situation because of the participation of the international community in our policy which imposes incompetent leaders on us hammered the young student.
Further on, a merchant whose relatives have been victims of kidnapping deplores the fact that citizens are obliged to have the money to pay gang groups in case their relatives are mown down by the infernal machine of kidnapping.
A citizen met at rue du Champ-de-Mars, on condition of anonymity, informs that there must be a change in this system in order to find a solution to this phenomenon. If not, Haiti risks the worst.
If acts of kidnapping are increasing within Haitian society, this does not seem to worry the Haitian authorities. On the contrary, they prioritize a history of political consensus aimed at organizing elections without having any plan to facilitate the task for voters.