A Haitian was killed and five others, among them a woman, were wounded by gunfire last week in an attack orchestrated by hostile Brazilians to their presence in São Paulo (Brazil), tells AlterPresse.

One of the injured Haitians have died of his wounds in a hospital in Brazil shortly after the armed attack in the courtyard of a Roman Catholic church located in downtown São Paulo, in an area called " Liberdade "said AlterPresse Secretary of Episcopal Commission (Roman Catholic) migration in Haiti, Father Lucien Gusto.

Before committing their crimes, the attackers, who were on board a vehicle, reportedly accused the Haitians to come and take their jobs in Brazil, according to available information so far made by numerous witnesses.

An investigation is underway to apprehend the perpetrators of this act of xenophobia, which affect these Haitians advised the Haitian Roman Catholic priest.

The church, where the act was committed, contains a reception center for foreigners, as part of pastoral activities and a counseling center.
Since the earthquake of 12 January 2010, many Haitians have left Haiti and taken refuge in Brazil in search of jobs.

The number of Haitian migrants, identified by the Brazilian authorities, is estimated between 35 to 40,000 for the period of 2010 to August 2014. 
Sao Paulo, the most populous and wealthiest city in Brazil, has become one of the main destinations for the thousands of Haitian immigrants who enter the country through the Amazon after travelling through the Panama, Ecuador and Peru.


Most of these migrants, who most of the time bankrupt themselves by selling everything they own, from land titles to houses, cattle and other valuable properties to come up with the thousands of US dollars demanded by the endless human traffickers operating in Haiti who promise them a visa and a great life in Brazil.

 Not prepared for the long journey through the thick and dangerous Amazon forest, many have died in the process. Those fortunate enough to have survived the trip, found themselves unable to work, to speak Portuguese, to assimilate; are now living in extremely poor conditions in Brazil, some in worse position than when they were in Haiti.


Sao Paulo, the most populous and wealthiest city in Brazil, has become one of the main destinations for the thousands of Haitian immigrants who enter the country through the Amazon after traveling through Panama, Ecuador and Peru

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