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Will Haiti need international action to bring back stability?

Abduction of American and Canadian missionaries highlights increasing lawlessness in Caribbean nation.

A criminal gang in Haiti is demanding $1m for each of the 17 American and Canadian missionaries abducted near Port-au-Prince last week.

The youngest hostage is just eight months old.

The latest violent kidnapping has drawn international attention to Haiti’s instability, which has worsened since the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in July.

The Caribbean nation has lurched from crisis to crisis – from natural disasters to lawlessness and poverty.

So, will international action be needed to help Haitian officials bring back control?

Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom


Eugenia Charles – Executive director of Fondasyon Mapou, which promotes Haitian culture, education and human rights

Francois Guillaume II – Ambassador of Haiti to Qatar

Jake Johnston – Senior research associate at the Center for Economic and Policy Research