The Rev. Michel Briand, who was kidnapped in April with nine others, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Oct. 20, 2021. In a country where crime has run rampant and jobs are scarce, a growing number of young men are joining gangs, Father Briand said. (Adriana Zehbrauskas/The New York Times)

Gangs in Haiti, breaking a
taboo, target the church

As gangs turn to kidnappings to raise funds, even the church, an institution with a history of supporting the population through difficult times, has become a target