A recent Haiti Democracy Project delegation at the State Department

The mission will go on October 20-21 and should comprise current and former members of the Haitian government and diaspora members of the Haiti Democracy Project. The purpose will be to support the Haitian government’s request for an emergency multinational police contingent to back up the Haiti police in clearing the port of gangs that have choked off fuel deliveries necessary to transport clean water. Forcing the population to drink dirty water has impelled a devastating cholera epidemic threatening masses of Haitians. No time is to be lost. From our organization’s eyewitness experience of the U.N. mission, such backup forces for the Haitian police do not lead but follow the Haitian police into confrontations, fortifying their determination but not participating themselves unless the police are actually overrun (rare). It is an intervention at one remove.