The United Nations Security Council was split on Monday over sending an international force to Haiti to help with deteriorating security and rising cholera after powerful gangs seized the main port and blockaded the fuel supply.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres says Haitians are facing a dire emergency and “armed” intervention is needed to help local police open the port and create a humanitarian corridor for delivering aid.
“The situation is absolutely dramatic. The port is blocked by gangs who do not let the fuel out (…) Without fuel, there is no water. And there is an epidemic of cholera”, whose the treatment requires good hydration.
Guterres recently called in a letter to the Security Council to “urgently consider the Haitian government’s request to rapidly deploy a specialized international armed force to deal with the humanitarian crisis.”