Friday, December 6, 2013

UN engages in talks with Haitian family after shooting and paralyzing 14 year old boy

The UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti has engaged in talks with the parents of a young Haitian boy allegedly shot by Argentine UN troops two years ago. According to an investigation by the Haitian-Caribbean News Network (HCNN), a day after publishing an article about the boy’s serious condition and the UN’s unwillingness to provide compensation, the international organisation made contact with the boy’s father, Remy Gena.

Wilderson Gena, then 14, was taking part in a protest at his school in Verretes, 112km north of Port-au-Prince when Argentine UN military officers allegedly opened fire and shot him five times. He was left paralysed and still has a bullet lodged close to his spine.

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