Tuesday, April 3, 2007
The UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti will help local police fight resurgence in the kidnapping of young children.
UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti spokeswoman Sophie Boutaud de la Combe said The barbarous acts surpass the limits of human comprehension.
After a period of significant improvement earlier this year, five girls and three boys, most of them younger than 4, have recently been kidnapped, said the mission, known by its French acronym MINUSTAH.
The mission has been helping Haitian police crack down on armed criminal gangs and aided in capturing 400 gangsters this year. MINUSTAH was set up in 2004 to help re-establish peace in the impoverished Caribbean country after an insurgency forced President Jean-Bertrand Aristide into exile.
MINUSTAH has had some success in bringing security to one of the country's most dangerous areas, the Cite Soleil neighborhood in the capital, Port-au-Prince. Cite Soleil now has a mayor, who was officially installed Wednesday, the mission said.