A military intervention under the aegis of the United Nations as the last lifeline for Haiti: this is the wish expressed by Antonio Guterres to stop the serious security crisis that has been paralyzing this country for several months, now facing a resurgence of cholera. In a statement, the UN Secretary General called on Sunday, October 9, “to the international community, including the members of the Security Council, to urgently consider the request of the Haitian government to deploy without delay a specialized international armed force”.
telling themselves “extremely worried about the situation”Mr. Guterres presented, on Sunday, to the Security Council of the United Nations “a letter outlining options to enhance support for security in Haiti”awaiting the next meeting of the Security Council dedicated to the crisis in the Caribbean country, scheduled for October 21.
Since the Haitian authorities confirmed, on October 2, the reappearance of cholera in the country, the epidemic has been gaining ground. On Monday, October 10, the Ministry of Health identified 224 suspected cases, 189 hospitalizations and 16 deaths from the bacillus Vibrio cholerae between 1Ahem and October 9. And this, just eight months after celebrating the elimination of the disease, which killed 10,000 people in the country between 2010 and 2019.
paralysis of the country
This new calamity illustrates the worsening of the political, economic and security crisis that Haiti has been going through for a year and a half and that has led the Government to ask the international community for help: on Friday, October 7, in a resolution adopted by the Council of Ministers, Ariel Henry, the Haitian Chief Executive, has requested the support of his “international partners” for him “Immediate deployment of a specialized armed force, in sufficient quantity, to stop, throughout the territory, the humanitarian crisis caused, among other things, by the insecurity derived from the criminal actions of the armed gangs and their sponsors”.
These heavily armed gangs, which have been law in the country for several months, besiege oil terminals and aggravate the recurring fuel shortages facing the country. Thus, since September 12, access to the Varreux terminal, where 70% of the country’s oil products are stored, has been blocked by the G9 Fanmi e Alye coalition. Result: there is no more fuel to circulate or to run the generators. Hospitals are idling, when they are not forced to completely cease their activity.
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