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Haitians Hesitant to Surrender Weapons

A small pile of rusted, taped and dilapidated weapons was the first to be surrendered in Haiti’s disarmament campaign — highlighting the challenges facing a U.S.-led multinational force in trying to rid the nation of guns. Unlike 10 years ago, when U.S. troops offered money for weapons used by gangs and former soldiers, Haitians today are being asked to give up their guns with little or no incentive and in a very insecure environment. “I gave up my pistol, but if we don’t start seeing schools and clinics in our neighborhood, we’ll find other weapons. We’ll fight for change with machetes if we have to,” said Jacques Pierre as he and other residents of the Cite Soleil slum surrendered about 50 pistols, rifles and machine guns to French troops on Wednesday. Full Story

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