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The government of Haiti is asking for international military assistance

The government of Haiti is asking for international military assistance

The government of Haiti is asking for international military assistance



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Government of Haiti has requested international military assistance as it grapples with intertwined health, energy and security crises, according to a statement by Jean-Junior Joseph, adviser to Haiti’s prime minister.

“After serious thinking, facing the terrible humanitarian crisis in Haitiwhere hospitals do not have enough energy to function, cholera is returning to the barracks, it was decided in the Council of Ministers last night, October 7, to request military assistance from the international community to solve such an incredible humanitarian crisis,” reads a statement sent to CNN on Thursday.

It was not clear which countries the government asked for military assistance.

The government of Haiti is asking for international military assistance

The request came after Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry called for international aid during a televised address to the nation on Wednesday night.

“I call on the international community to help us, to support us in every possible way in order to avoid the worsening of the situation. We need to be able to distribute the water, and the medicine is coming back because cholera is coming back,” Henry said.

Emergency services in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on October 4.

“We need to reopen businesses and clear roads so doctors and nurses can work. We are asking for their help so that we can distribute fuel and reopen the school,” he added.

Dozens more cholera cases have been diagnosed in Haiti, adding new urgency to warnings about the Caribbean nation’s descent into chaos amid a political and economic crisis.

Protesters on the streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on October 3.

The deadly infection has already killed eight people, according to Haiti’s health ministry, and 68 new cases were identified in the first week of October, according to medical aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

A new and growing public health emergency could hardly come at a worse time.

Anti-government protests – now in their seventh week – have paralyzed the country, with schools, businesses and public transport across the country mostly closed. Since August 22, Haitians have been demonstrating against chronic gang violence, poverty, food insecurity, inflation and fuel shortages.

Their anger was fueled further last month when Prime Minister Ariel Henry announced he would cut fuel subsidies to fund the government – a move that would double pump prices. Haiti’s powerful gangs have exacerbated the fuel crisis by blocking the country’s main port in the capital Port-au-Prince.

Thousands of Haitians continue to protest in various cities across the country, calling on the government to resign.



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