Gang Leader Formerly a Physics Professor Meets End

On Monday, local media reported the death of a notorious gang boss and former math and physics teacher in a section of Haiti’s enormous beachside slum that he had dominated for years.

Iskar Andrice, also known as Iscar Andris, was shot and killed, and his murder sparked fears that gang violence, which was already widespread, would increase in his absence.
According to the previous mayor, Esae Beauchard, Andrice dominated the Belekou neighborhood in the Cite Soleil slum.

Beauchard expressed remorse that such a bright individual had to become embroiled in criminal gang activity.

The group that Andrice commanded was involved in extortion, murder, rape, robbery, and the kidnapping and hijacking of cargo and vehicles, according to a recent U.N. investigation. Later, he allied with Haiti’s most notorious gang boss, Jimmy Chérizier, also known as Barbecue, to create the “G9 Family and Allies” alliance.

Chérizier’s press conferences required Andrice’s approval before he could be announced.

According to the United Nations, Andrice, like other gang bosses, established a social organization called the Siloé organization in 2015 to gain the trust of the people he ruled over and to promote a favorable image of himself.

Several violent attacks on Haitian communities targeting people were blamed on Andrice and other gang leaders, according to a study by the non-profit National Human Rights Defense Network in Haiti.

They were also blamed for a gasoline terminal shutdown in Port-au-Prince last year, which led to the country’s collapse and Prime Minister Ariel Henry’s initial appeal for the immediate deployment of a foreign armed force.

The U.N. chief warned in a report disseminated on Wednesday that violent gangs in Haiti have been rising.

According to the latest report presented to the United Nations Security Council by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, 2,728 people were killed on purpose between October 2022 and June 2023, 247 of whom were women, 58 of whom were boys, and 20 of whom were girls.

He blamed the surge in killings since April on the formation of a vigilante movement called “Bwa Kale” in the capital, which has targeted the gangs. As for kidnappings for ransom, the U.N. head stated that while 1,472 cases were documented during that period, the actual number is probably definitely higher since families sometimes do not disclose missing members to authorities out of concern for the victim’s safety.