Haiti’s leader to resign as gangs run rampant through country engulfed in crisis

March 12, 2024

But his decision only further enraged protesters who had for months demanded he stand down as Haiti slid further into poverty and rampant gang violence. One gang leader, Jimmy “Barbecue” Cherizier, took credit for the attack and said the jailbreak was an attempt to overthrow Henry’s government. While Henry was out of the country, gangs laid siege to the country’s main airport to prevent his safe return. The chaos has forced tens of thousands to flee their homes, adding to the more than 300,000 already displaced by gang violence. Gang leader Jimmy “Barbecue” Cherizier took credit for the attack on a prison earlier this month.