Sole Survivor of Haiti Gang Attack Describes Horrible

Haiti gang attack: John Wesley Emadi, one of two Haitian journalists killed.

Port-au-Prince, Haiti:

“The bullets were flying thick and fast,” said Wilman Will, the sole survivor of a recent gang attack that killed two fellow Haitian journalists outside Port-au-Prince.

Will himself has gone into hiding, fearing that the criminal gang, one of many terrorizing Haiti’s capital city, might find him.

In that fatal encounter on Thursday, Will and two associates – Vilguens Lucent and Emadi John Wesley – were walking down a dry riverbed in the foothills towards Port-au-Prince while working on a story.

As they walked, members of a gang seeking to dominate the area and control a strategic route to the south of the country suddenly opened fire.

“The bullets were flying, raining down on us,” Will told AFP in a phone interview on Saturday.

The 31-year-old reporter managed to hide behind nearby trees and, after climbing a rocky hill, was caught by friendly farmers.


In the chaos of this time, he had lost the attention of his allies.

“I took my phone to call Amy,” with whom she had worked for years.

“I asked him where he was and he replied, ‘These guys got me, I’m with them,'” said Will, who works for online media outlet RL Productions.

Will then overhears his colleague begging the gang members to release him and Lucent.

“Amadi told them, ‘We’re not outlaws, we’re journalists. We were reporting here,'” Will recalled.

He said he put his phone on the speaker so that the farm workers who shelter him could hear him.

All they heard was a barrage of bullets.

Will now knew he was the lone survivor – and he needed to get out fast.

The neighbors gave him clothes so that he could disguise himself and took him to a small house to hide.

On the way he said, “I saw already armed men on the roofs looking for me.”

Knowing the risk of saving him, the farm workers, along with a local official, found a motorcycle-cab to take him out of the gang-controlled area.

‘Better armed than the police’

Although he escaped immediate danger, Will said his previously quiet life was shattered.

Her four-year-old daughter is scared and “doesn’t sleep,” Will sighed. He and his family are staying with friends, fearing the gang may be spies in the neighborhood.

Will knows how the gang operates, having met them on several occasions while reporting.

“These people are omnipotent,” he said. “I’ve seen how they work in the ghetto.”

“They have tons of weapons, and people working for them you’d never suspect.”

He reported the deaths of his associates to the police, but has little hope that the killers will be held responsible.

“They know who these people are… they even have their phone numbers,” Will said.

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