Kenya-led force aims to stop gang violence in Haiti
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Kenya-led force aims to stop gang violence in Haiti

Kenya-led force aims to stop gang violence in Haiti
Police take cover during an anti-gang operation in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Friday, March 1, 2024. (AP Photo/Odelyn Joseph)

In response to the escalation of gang violence in Haiti, a Kenyan-led international force has been deployed to deal with the situation. The force’s chief has stressed the importance of their mission, saying there is no room for failure. The UN-backed police mission’s primary goal is to secure democratic elections in Haiti.

The Kenyan forces, which arrived in Haiti last month, have pledged to work closely with Haitian authorities and international partners to ensure stability in the country. The force, consisting of 1,000 police officers, with an initial deployment of 200 officers, aims to work with other countries such as the Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Benin, Chad and Jamaica to bring the total to 2,500.

Haiti’s new prime minister acknowledged the country’s mixed record on foreign intervention, but expressed hope for a new mission. The international force is focused on reclaiming areas from gang control, restoring a police presence in dispossessed regions and helping displaced Haitians return home.

The primary goal is to ensure democratic elections in Haiti.
Kenya-led force aims to stop gang violence in Haiti
Kenyan-led forces have been sent to Haiti to combat rising gang violence.
The police force consists of 1,000 police officers from various countries.

In the face of violence that has affected more than half a million people, the mission aims to create a security environment conducive to holding free and fair elections in February 2026. The Haitian police chief stressed the strategic nature of their operations and the need for secrecy to avoid alerting the gangs.

The request for an international force to combat gangs in Haiti was made in 2022 after the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. An increase in gang activity, including killings, rapes and kidnappings, has sparked a violent response from civilian lynch groups.