Friday, December 6, 2013

Brazil, MINUSTAH (Brazil-led UN occupation force in Haiti), and Haiti’s ongoing crises

The Brazilian news agency Globo reported in late November that the South American nation has begun to (slowly) decrease the amount of troops it deploys to the U.N. peacekeeping operation in Haiti (MINUSTAH). Brazil continues to supply the majority of troops — including the commander of the operation, Lieutenant General Edson Leal Pujol — but according to Globo the new contingent of army engineers that departed Brazil for the Caribbean island on November 26 have 73 fewer personnel. Although this may not be a drastic decrease of troops overall, it does hint at the fact that troop contributing countries (TCC) may be experiencing “donor fatigue” regarding this particular U.N. peace operation.

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