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International News: Gangs in Haiti destroy sugarcane fields 

Posted: Monday, February 12, 2024. 1:50 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Gangs in Haiti continue to destroy their country instilling fear and engaging in violent crimes. 

Haiti’s renowned rum has become the newest victim of violent gangs vying to control a growing number of businesses and territory in the nation.

According to the Associated Press, almost 20 acres of sugarcane fields were torched in recent days as rival gangs fought near the Rhum Barbancourt distillery in Port-au-Prince.

The number of acres burned would cover more than four football fields, but Barbancourt officials stressed the lost fields would not affect production.

However, the Rhum Barbancourt distillery has indicated that it would temporarily stop distributing free potable water, providing medical care, and offering the use of football fields and basketball courts in order to protect the safety of its employees.

Haiti’s rum is considered one of the country’s most popular exports.

The country is also recovering from a recent spate of violent demonstrations demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry.

Meanwhile, gang violence continues unabated.

 

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