Protesters carry a coffin draped in the American flag and photos of Prime Minister Ariel Henry during a mock funeral, meant to represent his departure as head of government, during the protest on October 17, 2022, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Photo by Marvens Compère for The Haitian Times

Just a few minutes past 3 p.m. on Oct. 19, the United Nations Security Council opened a special session whose first agenda item was listed as ‘the question concerning Haiti’ and the second, Somalia. Some observers anticipated that a vote might be taken on the Haitian proposal for international intervention and an arms embargo, brought forth at the beginning of the week. 

However, 7 minutes after the meeting started, it ended after a brief statement about Somalia. No mention of Haiti.


U.N. security council offered proposals to Haiti’s distress call — an arms embargo and a non-U.N. mission to support Haitian National Police.

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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.