An Unhappy Place Called The Bahamas

The Bahamas is becoming seriously an unhappy place.  This is a sampling of the news photographs in the past week.

31 Haitians drowned in a human trafficking and smuggling operation in the Bahamas.  They drowned when the sloop capsized.  The airplane that the Bahamas Defense Force uses was not operational, so the people clung to the boat for a day.  The survivors were eventually rescued a day later by the US Coast Guard.


Family members were killed including children in an arson on a family house.  Here the grieving relatives gather.


A hand grenade was tossed through the window of the doorway of a tabloid newspaper called The Punch.  It was detonated by police.


A young man's body lays in the street.  He is shot through the head.  The population of Nassau is 270,000 and they have had over a hundred murders this year, making the per capita murder rate at one of the highest in the world, in the top ten.

Crime is out of control in the Bahamas.  The police were put on 12 hour shifts to try and staunch the murder rate with no effect.  Here a shooting victim being removed from a scene where 8 people were shot in one evening.

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