Rule of lawlessness? Haitians outraged over spike in kidnappings

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    What to do when armed gangs have more firepower than the police? In Haiti, last Sunday’s kidnapping for ransom of seven Catholic clerics throws the spotlight on a land where shantytowns are fiefdoms and politicians are in the pocket of the criminals. We ask our panel about brazen attacks like the one last month where police were routed and chased out of the capital’s Village de Dieu slum and a kidnapping epidemic that’s gotten worse and worse since UN peacekeepers left in 2017.

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