Port-au-Prince, October 24: After facing the natural destruction of Hurricane Matthew, Haiti is facing another man-made destruction. More than 170 prisoners escaped from the Haitian prison in Arcahaie, creating more problems for the authorities and UN introduced initiatives.
The prisoners went out of the jail in the city, which is situated 45 km from north of the capital Port-au-Prince. The inmates stole five rifles; a guard and an inmate were killed in an exchange of fire. The police have begun a manhunt for the fugitives with the help of UN peacekeepers stationed in the country.
The Haitian government tweeted that it condemned what it described as a prison mutiny."One guard was killed during the incident," Justice Minister Camille Edouard Junior. "Three prisoners were wounded, including one who died as a consequence of his wounds."
Eleven escapees have so far been detained, and checkpoints have been set up on roads near the prison. However, inmates at Arcahaie do not wear prison uniforms, making it easier for them to blend in with the general population. Haitian prisons are notoriously overcrowded and inmates spend years in pre-trial detention.