haiti has always been associated with violence.
But this year’s massacre has left it more visible than ever.
More than 200 people, including women and children, have been killed in the islands’ capital, Waikato, since August 3.
“We are now starting to see a new pattern of attacks that has been going on for a while now,” said Moti Kahia, a professor of geography at the University of Waikatia.
“It has been very much a pattern that has occurred since about two weeks ago.”
On Friday, a gunman opened fire on a car in Waikatu’s main shopping centre, wounding six people before being shot dead by police.
“The attack was planned,” Waikitians said.
“I would like to say that we are all in shock.”
A man is comforted by a woman after a shooting in Waipoua on August 2.
Photo: Supplied/ABC The massacre came just days after a wave of haitians fled their homes in the capital, with many staying at the Waikatai hotel or at the nearby Tauranga Beach, where police say the gunman opened fired on them.
In the aftermath of the Waipura attack, Waipurakapu, the Waiter’s Paradise, hosted an event to promote the importance of community cohesion.
It was attended by the families of the victims.
Waipuru was also a scene of widespread violence in August, when four people died when they were shot dead on a beach near the Waihanae River.
The attack took place as police stepped up patrols and began clearing out streets and buildings in the city’s west.
Police were also working with locals to stop drug use, including ecstasy, which has been linked to many haiti massacres.
“Waipuru has always had a history of drug use,” said Michael Pape, Waiter at the Tauranga Beach hotel.
“But this is not the first time we have seen an attack on the beach in Waipea.”
Police in the Waipei region have been working with the local community to try and prevent further attacks, with a goal of reducing the number of people using drugs.
“This is the first attack of its kind, in the history of the city of Waipu, which is really something that we will be working towards for the future,” Superintendent Tim Glynn said.
“We need to work together as a community to bring people together, and try to prevent it from happening again.”
Police have been looking for witnesses to the Wailei attack, but are also asking people to keep an eye out for other incidents in the area.
Police say the attack has not affected the flow of tourists from Waipatu to the nearby Waikawha National Park.
A police officer speaks with a person at the scene of a shooting on August 1.
Photo by Scott Barbour.
The Waipahu massacre has caused a major shakeup in the tourism industry, with the Waitea Beach Hotel, which hosts many visitors from the capital of Nauru, closing.
It has also prompted fears of a resurgence of violence in the town, which lies just 60 kilometres (40 miles) from the Waichatua River.
“You would never see a Waipuhanae on the streets,” Mr Glynn added.
“There are people who come here and spend money here, but we have to have that balance.”
A man is tended to after being shot by police at Waipurea Beach on August 3 in Waikere.
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