tap-tap on streets of Port-au-Prince
A tap-tap on the streets of Port-au-Prince in September while U.N. diplomats debated action in Haiti. Photo by Marvens Compere, The Haitian Times

A textiles factory will lose about 12,000 jobs, families will experience harsher food shortages and gang-fueled violence will continue to escalate as ill-equipped police struggle to contain ongoing riots, officials told members of the United Nations Security Council during a briefing Monday. Meaning, some within the council said, it’s time for the UN to take action on Haiti, including freezing the assets of gangs’ political backers and utilizing more “culturally sensitive” support from African nations.

Officials also reminded attendees a “framework” to hold elections in Haiti is due by October 17.

“An economic crisis has the country in a stranglehold with Haitians facing soaring food prices and fuel often available only on the black market,” said Helen La Lime, head of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH). 


As Haiti faces job cuts, more hunger and violence, the UN Security Council is considering new actions suggested by China and various officials, including a list of gang leaders and backers to potentially freeze their assets. Henry also promised to establish elections by year’s end, with a framework due by October 17.

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J.O. Haselhoef is the author of “Give & Take: Doing Our Damnedest NOT to be Another Charity in Haiti.” She co-founded "Yonn Ede Lot" (One Helping Another), a nonprofit that partnered with volunteer groups in La Montagne ("Lamontay"), Haiti from 2007-2013. She writes and lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.