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Kenya’s Ruto Vows to Send Forces to Haiti, Despite Court Order, as Gang Violence, Incl. Rape, Soars

HeadlineFeb 01, 2024

Kenyan President William Ruto is vowing to proceed with a plan to send 1,000 Kenyan police officers to Haiti despite a court ruling that the deployment would be unconstitutional. The U.N. Security Council approved the mission last year as part of an effort to help combat gang violence, which has grown under Haiti’s unelected leader, U.S.-backed Ariel Henry, who has ruled since the 2021 assassination of Jovenel Moïse.

Meanwhile, the U.N. and aid groups are warning about a surge in sexual assaults and collective rapes in Haiti as gangs fight to expand their power.
On Wednesday, protesters in Port-au-Prince burned barricades to protest Prime Minister Ariel Henry’s rule.

Protester: “The people can’t take it anymore, because Ariel Henry is building gangs to plunder and destroy these people. Well, today we say that the battle for the revolution is possible. The final fight for justice is possible. We must disrupt this Ariel with all his team, to give this country another direction.”

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