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International News: Canada sends diplomatic mission to Haiti amidst humanitarian crisis

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2022. 9:44 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: On Wednesday, Foreign Affairs officials from Canada commenced a 3-day diplomatic mission to Haiti in an effort to address a gang-related humanitarian crisis, the office of Global Affairs Canada said.

According to Reuters, Canada’s ambassador to the United Nations, Bob Rae is leading the mission.

Rae is expected to meet with key Haitian officials to determine Canada’s potential role in the international response.

In September, gangs created a humanitarian crisis by blocking the entrance to a fuel terminal, leading to shortages of gasoline and diesel.

Amidst the crippling economic situation, the country reported an outbreak of cholera.

Authorities say about 200 gangs have gained control of several areas and are involved in illegal activities including extortion and drug trafficking.

Canada has since imposed sanctions on 11 Haitian political and economic officials.

Canada has also provided security and humanitarian assistance as well as funding to fight corruption and impunity in Haiti.

 

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