The US and Kenya are joining forces to combat violence in Haiti

PRINCE PORT. – Equipping States Together they disembarked in Haiti with the aim of coordinating the arrival of the Kenyan mission, scheduled for the end of this month. Its main role will be to provide support to local security forces in their fight against criminal gangs that have plunged Port-au-Prince and other regions of the country into violence.

Assistant Secretary of State Todd Robinson confirmed the operation, which coincides with Kenyan President William Ruto’s visit to the White House starting on May 23. Although specific details about the deployment of the mission have not been revealed, it is estimated that it will consist of approximately 1,000 police officers and will be supported by the Pentagon in the construction of the necessary facilities.

The US Department of Defense has allocated nearly €190 million in security equipment to support this initiative.

According to a UN report, more than 2,500 people were killed or seriously injured as a result of violence against armed groups in Haiti in the first quarter of 2024, marking an alarming escalation compared to previous years.

The Port-au-Prince metropolitan region remains the epicenter of this crisis, with 80% of victims concentrated in this area.

The UN warns of extremely violent clashes between armed groups seeking to expand their territorial influence. In addition, the violence caused significant population displacement, with more than 360,000 people in Haiti living outside their homes.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports that more than 53,000 people left Port-au-Prince in March alone due to increased attacks.

FUENTE: With information from Europa Press