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Conflicts: Gang violence in Haiti: UN Security Council approves mission

Conflicts: Gang violence in Haiti: UN Security Council approves mission

Brutal gangs have been terrorizing the population in Haiti for years. Almost half of Haitians suffer from hunger. Now the most powerful UN body has approved the deployment of over 1,000 police units.

An international police operation with the support of the United Nations is intended to stabilize the crisis country of Haiti, which is torn apart by gang violence. The UN Security Council approved the deployment of more than 1,000 police units to the Caribbean country for twelve months. The United Nations’ most powerful body, which is otherwise so often divided, voted in favor of the deployment with 13 votes, with only Russia and China abstaining. The mission is not an operation by the United Nations itself, but rather a troop deployment led by Kenya and officially supported by the Security Council.

Haiti has been suffering for years from fighting between gangs that, according to the UN, control much of the capital Port-au-Prince and terrorize the population with great brutality and sexual violence. The number of kidnappings has also increased dramatically. Recently there was a vigilante movement by residents against the gangs. The violence is also exacerbating the already precarious supply situation in Haiti. According to the United Nations, almost half of the poor island nation’s eleven million residents suffer from acute hunger.

According to the United Nations-affiliated Organization for Migration (IOM), almost half of the displaced people in Port-au-Prince now live in makeshift accommodation where hygienic conditions are extremely poor. Many would have sought shelter with friends or family. However, the ability of host communities to share their scarce resources will decrease as the crisis continues. According to IOM, there are almost 200,000 displaced people nationwide. In addition, there are around 100,000 Haitians who were deported from surrounding countries this year.

Source: Stern

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