Armored rescue vehicle, part of the equipment received from U.N. support to the Haitian National Police (PNH), in Port-au-Prince, July, 2023. Photo by Marvens Compere for The Haitian Times

In response to questions about Haitian locals fleeing to its embassy in Port-au-Prince for refuge, the United States Department of State said it is “deeply concerned” about the situation and is continuing to prioritize marshaling an armed force to help Haiti’s police curb the gang violence residents were escaping.

“Fulfilling Haiti’s request for international assistance remains fundamental to assisting the PNH in curtailing lawlessness and stopping rampant gang violence,” a State Department spokesperson told The Haitian Times via email Wednesday.


US officials pledge to keep working on finalizing a multinational force framework after Haitians run to its Port-Au-Prince embassy seeing refuge.

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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 is a 2022 Fellow for the Columbia School of Journalism's Age Boom Academy. She writes and lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.