Former Teacher Turned Gang Leader Killed in Haiti’s Cite Soleil

Cite Soleil area of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Dec. 11, 2018.

Iskar Andrice, formerly known as a math and physics teacher and later recognized as a prominent and feared gang leader in Haiti, was reportedly killed in the Belekou community of the Cite Soleil slum, according to local media reports on Monday. Andrice, who also went by the name Iscar Andris, had controlled this area for years. His death has sparked concerns about potential escalations in gang violence.

Esaïe Beauchard, a former mayor, spoke to Radio Galaxie FM about Andrice, lamenting his involvement in gang activities despite his intelligence. The exact date of Andrice’s death remains unconfirmed. The current mayor of Cite Soleil, Jean-Frédérique Islain, declined to comment on the matter.

Andrice’s gang was reportedly involved in various criminal activities, including murder, robbery, extortion, rape, and hijacking, as outlined in a recent U.N. report. He was allied with Jimmy Chérizier, alias Barbecue, the leader of the “G9 Family and Allies” – Haiti’s largest and most powerful gang alliance. Chérizier’s media interviews required Andrice’s approval.

In 2015, Andrice established the Siloé Foundation, a social foundation aimed at gaining community support and improving his public image. Both Andrice and other gang leaders have been implicated in several violent raids on neighborhoods and civilians, as reported by the National Human Rights Defense Network in Haiti. They were also accused of disrupting operations at a primary fuel terminal in Port-au-Prince last year, leading to a national crisis and prompting Prime Minister Ariel Henry to request the urgent deployment of a foreign armed force.

Chris Morris
Author: Chris Morris

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