(CMR) Thirty-seven (37) Haitian migrants, including children, arrived in Jamaica Monday, fleeing their country, which continues to deal with violence and harsh economic struggles. The group comprises 24 men, five women, five girls, and three boys.
According to local media reports, a boat carrying the migrants came ashore along the Boston Beach in Portland at about 1:40 p.m. Superintendent Lloyd Darby, head of the Portland Police Division, told Radio Jamaica News that arrangements were being made to provide the Haitians with housing and medical attention.
Many Haitians are trying to flee the Caribbean nation as thousands are killed in violence there. According to data from United Nations, nearly 850 people were killed at random within the first three months of 2023. In April alone, more than 600 were killed.
Since the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse in 2021, Haiti's situation has only worsened. Just last month, Jamaica suspended consular services in Haiti after the location hosting its consulate was attacked.
There have been numerous kidnappings, forcing many foreign aid groups to withdraw from the country.
Last week, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for a robust international force to help combat Haiti’s armed gangs and restore security to the nation.