On Thursday 26 January, armed men entered the Médecins Sans Frontières-supported Raoul Pierre Louis public hospital in Carrefour, a district located to the west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The men dragged a patient out of the emergency room and killed him outside the hospital. It is the second time in six months that this hospital has experienced a similar incident. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is left with no other choice than suspending our activities in the hospital.
During Thursday afternoon, three armed masked men burst into the hospital’s emergency room, taking a patient lying on a stretcher who had been admitted for a gunshot wound. They violently dragged him out of the hospital, executing him with a bullet to the head about 10 metres outside the hospital grounds.
“This is the second time we have this kind of incident in this hospital,” says Benoit Vasseur, MSF’s head of mission in Haiti, referring to an incident that occurred on 14 August 2022. “We are again shocked by this act of brutal retribution, which violates all humanitarian principles and the protection this patient should have had inside a medical structure.”