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The President of Kenya has confirmed that the deployment of Kenyan police is set to begin soon.

During a ceremony, President William Ruto oversaw a send-off ceremony for the first group of 400 officers, part of a larger plan to deploy 1,000 officers under a United Nations mandate. During the ceremony, Ruto said, “This mission is one of the most urgent, important, and historic in the history of global solidarity. It is a mission to affirm the universal values of the community of nations, a mission to take a stand for humanity.”


The initiative, which has garnered support from both Canada and the United States, follows months of deliberation over how to curb the escalating violence in Haiti. The gangs have seized control of extensive areas, severely impacting the daily lives of residents. Despite backing the mission, neither the US nor Canada has committed troops to the effort. The Biden administration pledged $300 million in support while acknowledging that direct involvement of US troops could raise significant concerns.

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This first deployment comes as a UN official estimated that a force of at least 5,000 foreign officers would be required to combat the gangs in Haiti effectively, making the Kenyan deployment a crucial but insufficient first step.

Haiti’s troubled history with foreign interventions adds a layer of complexity to the mission. Past interventions, such as the US occupation from 1915 to 1934, were marked by severe human rights abuses and forced labor.


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