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Haitians urged to turn in escaped inmates

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Haitians urged to turn in escaped inmates


The UN says there is growing concern about the thousands of prison inmates who escaped after Haiti’s earthquake.

It is appealing for the public to contact the police with any information about some of the 5,000 prisoners on the run.

Many of them are gang members involved in drugs and weapons trafficking.

The head of the UN mission in Haiti, Edmond Mulet, said: “I’d like to make a call to the people to turn in the criminals who got out of the prison: all the criminal bandits we have arrested in the last two to three and a half years. They are on the street. We know they are reorganising secretly.”

The UN says the security situation is now under control, with UN peacekeeping forces backed up by US troops. But Haiti’s government says providing shelter for survivors is a big challenge.

Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive said: “We are still in a very difficult situation. One month after we still have one million people on the streets. We still don’t have a clear vision of certain problems. Where are we going to relocate all those people?”

People continue to protest for a better distribution of aid. Women’s groups are the latest to take to the streets, saying the needs of thousands are still not being met.

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