Violent crime, kidnapping, gangs running riot, a country spiraling out of control amid calls for international help. Haiti continues to lurch from one crisis to another.
It is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and now Haiti is wracked by the worst violence in decades.
In a desperate act to find refuge, hundreds of Haitians set up camp outside the U.S. embassy in Port-au-Prince last month, but they were forced to leave by police. As life for Haitians becomes unbearable, calls for deployment of a multinational force are growing. The United Nations Security Council may finally take action.
Joining the discussion:
- William O’Neill is a UN Expert on Human Rights in Haiti.
- Louis-Henri Mars is Founder and Executive Director of Lakou Lape, a peacebuilding organization in Haiti.
- Roromme Chantal is Professor of Political Science at Moncton University and a Former UN official in Haiti.
- Monique Clesca is also a former UN official who was based in Haiti. She’s a journalist and author.
— Reuters Politics (@ReutersPolitics) August 2, 2023
From today's noon briefing: Secretary-General @antonioguterres welcomes Kenya’s positive response to his call for the urgently needed international non-UN security support to Haiti. 👇 pic.twitter.com/7VW9yxGkRN
— UN Spokesperson (@UN_Spokesperson) July 31, 2023
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield said the U.S. welcomes Kenya’s decision to lead the multinational police force in Haiti, noting that Kenya asked the U.N. Security Council to provide support on the matter. https://t.co/nXwbpfTXiP
— The Hill (@thehill) August 2, 2023