Kenyan-led police drive arrives in Haiti to beat again the gangs | EUROtoday

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A primary contingent of 400 Kenyan law enforcement officials arrived in Haiti on Tuesday morning, greater than 18 months after then-Prime Minister Ariel Henry first requested the United Nations to ship a safety drive to revive order to this violence-racked nation.

The objective of the drive: to wrest the nation again from the closely armed gangs that management greater than 80 % of the capital, inflicting a few of the worst violence it has seen in a long time, and to permit authorities to carry new elections for president and the National Assembly.

“You are undertaking a vital mission that transcends borders and cultures,” Kenyan President William Ruto informed the officers Monday. “Your presence in Haiti will bring hope and relief to communities torn apart by violence and ravaged by disorder.”

This Caribbean nation of 12 million, beset by political corruption, gang violence, pure disasters and poverty, has suffered an extended historical past of international interventions. Many have achieved extra to destabilize the nation than to revive order. Officials have pledged that this mission, which might develop to 2,500 officers, received’t repeat these errors. Critics are skeptical.

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