EFEBy Milo Milfort Port-au-Prince

A month after the start of a gang war that forced thousands in Haiti's capital to flee their homes, returning families are finding their former residences have been reduced to rubble and ashes.

One hard-hit neighborhood is Croix des Mission, a district located at the northern entrance to Port-au-Prince.

Some families have been trickling back there over the past week due to a lull in the brutal battles pitting the heavily armed 400 Mawozo and Chen Mechan gangs, coordinated armed attacks that have resulted thus far in at least 188 deaths (including at least 92 people unaffiliated with the gangs) and thousands of displaced people, according to the United Nations' latest figures.