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As UN Peacekeepers Depart, Talk of Reactivating Armed Forces Grows

LADB Article ID: 80326
Category/Department: Haiti
Date: 2017-06-22
By: George Rodríguez

.The departure of UN peacekeepers after more than a decade of a controversial mission in Haiti leaves the country with the challenge of guaranteeing people’s security with its police force, since Haiti disbanded its armed forces more than 20 years ago.It is a cause of concern for neighboring Dominican Republic, whose authorities are worried about security along the 376-kilometer land border shared by the two nations that make up the Caribbean island of Hispaniola.Known as the Mission des Nations Unies pour la Stabilisation en Haïti (UN Mission for the Stabilization of Haiti, MINUSTAH), the peacekeepers are to leave Haiti by Oct. 15, six months after the UN Security Council voted to end their task and replace them with a smaller, police-only group. MINUSTAH has been in Haiti since 2004. The MINUSTAH force, which includes approximately 2,300 soldiers and 2,600 police officers, has been heavily criticized. It has been held responsible for triggering the ongoing cholera epidemic, first unleashed in 2010, which has infected around 7% of the country’s population of 11 million, killing 10,000.

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