/ 04 October 2023

On a mission

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Image source: Rawpixel

The United Nations is sending a peacekeeping force to the Caribbean nation of Haiti to try to control gang violence that’s seen 3,000 people killed in the past year. The Security Council voted to contribute at least 1,000 security personnel, and they’ll be charged with guarding key infrastructure like ports, schools, and hospitals, as well as targeting the gangs’ operations. The fact the 15-member Council backed the mission is a pretty big deal, given Russia or China have vetoed most proposals in the last couple of years. They abstainedon this vote, but that was enough to see the mission go ahead. Kenya will lead the year-long operation, and a dozen countries, including Barbados and Jamaica, have also said they’ll stump up troops. Past UN missions to Haiti have been fraught with troops blamed for bringing disease and committing crimes against locals. 

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