Can foreign intervention save Haiti from gang violence?
- Harold Isaac journalist in Haiti
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Since last year, Haiti’s government has been asking the international community for help to restore its peace and security. This week, the United Nations Security Council approved sending an international police force led by Kenya to Haiti. Kenya signed on to send 1,000 police officers, and Washington pledged $100m and logistical support. The Caribbean country has been gripped by spiraling gang violence, poverty and food shortages. And if international assistance does succeed in pushing back the gangs, there’s still a need to address Haiti’s lack of governance and political power vacuum. The last UN mission there lasted from 2004 to 2017 and faced accusations of rights abuses, sexual violence and starting a cholera outbreak that killed more than 9,000 people. Can this foreign intervention avoid repeating those mistakes?
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