Haiti students return to classes after school closures due to gang violence

Students in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince are getting used to being back in class after gang violence closed their school for three years.

The Lycée National de La Saline, which reopened in January, is located in one of the poorest, most troubled, and disadvantaged neighbourhoods of Port-au-Prince. Some 5000 people live in La Saline.

It closed after five armed gangs attacked the neighbourhood in November 2018, leaving 26 people dead. The youngest victim was only 10 months old. In a report on the incident, the United Nations also said there were two cases of gang rape.

According to the report, residents of La Saline were “allegedly targeted for their supposed affiliation to rival armed gangs.”

The school was shuttered in the wake of that attack.

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