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Davis Reaffirms Commitment to Haiti

Prime Minister Hon. Philip Davis

By Delvardo Emmanuel
Journal Staff Writer

Prime Minister Philip Davis reaffirmed The Bahamas’ commitment to assist Haiti
in its time of crisis.
During his keynote address at the opening session of Diplomatic Week, Prime
Minister Davis discussed the humanitarian crisis in Haiti and expressing deep
concern for the deteriorating state of affairs there.
He told those in attendance that The Bahamas remains committed to deploying 150
troops to bring peace and stability to the Republic of Haiti, following the UN
Security Council’s recent endorsement of a multi-national force.
“Our officers will join other regional and international counterparts to create
humanitarian corridors and to assist in training and capacity building where
necessary,” Prime Minister Davis said.
Haiti has been overwhelmed with gang violence and political unrest, following the
assassination of its President Jovenel Moise back in July 2021.
Prime Minister Davis told local and foreign diplomats that the situation in Haiti is
an immediate and evolving crisis and The Bahamas is gravely concerned that the
political, social and economic fabric of the Haitian society is deteriorating.
“The humanitarian and security support required to counter gang activities is
urgent. The illicit flow of firearms allows gangs to stockpile dangerous weapons
that are no match for the Haitian National Police,” he said.
Mr. Davis added, “More and more, armed violence and gang encroachment into
new neighbourhoods and territories in and around Port-au-Prince are worsening,
resulting in harrowing experiences for Haitian citizens, especially women and
girls, who are victims of sexual violence.”
The nation’s chief said he firmly believes that without enhanced security, the
Haitian people will only continue to suffer; however, he reiterated that the solution
to Haiti’s challenges must be led by Haitians.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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