U.S. cutter patrolling Haitian coast.

After more than a year of watching Haiti fall deeper into violence, a kidnapping epidemic, an actual cholera outbreak, demonstrations against misery coupled with some dechoukaj across the country, the international community is now landing in Haiti.

Starting October 5, several diplomatic developments have played out, fairly quickly, over the subsequent 12 days. Following is a list of key events and actions to explain what happened to Haiti. And against all of this is the backdrop of demonstrations — in Port-au-Prince and cities across the country — calling for Ariel Henry, Haiti’s defacto prime minister, to resign. 

October 5: BINUH officially calls for the immediate opening of a humanitarian corridor to allow the release of fuel to provide access to potable water.


Recent actions this month that factored in the international presence now in Haiti, starting with PM Henry’s appeal for help on Oct. 5 through today.

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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.