Haiti’s Army Is Making A Comeback 20 Years After Disbanding (HBO)

Haiti hasn’t had a military since 1995, when it was disbanded after a series of coups, brutal crackdowns, and an American intervention. But now, officials there say it’s time for a comeback.

Last year, President Jovenel Moïse declared that the Caribbean’s poorest nation would be reconstituting its army, just in time for the drawdown of United Nations troops, who have been part of the Haitian security landscape for years.

For the past two decades, responsibility for law and order has largely fallen to the country’s National Police, a force that is heavily funded, and heavily vetted, by the U.S.

According to official polls, the renewed army has the support of the majority of the population, where the U.N. is widely seen more as a force of instability and foreign control, rather than peace.

But on a recent visit to the country, VICE News learned that many Haitians remain deeply skeptical of the plan.

Mario Joseph, a leading human rights lawyer in the capital, Port-au-Prince, says the military brings back dreadful memories. And the decision by authorities to reappoint many of the original officers to the new High Command has only reinforced his concerns.

“This is an army that was re-formed — that’s it,” Joseph told VICE News. “It’s not a new army.”

The question facing Haitian officials is whether they can really make peace with the troubles of the past, or if they are simply hoping to turn the page.

“I can understand, you know, for some people there’s some concern,” said Herve Denis, the Haitian minister of defense. “But I said, ‘Watch us. You will see that we are doing the best for the country.'”

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41 thoughts on “Haiti’s Army Is Making A Comeback 20 Years After Disbanding (HBO)

  1. M1 garrand is .30 semi-auto rifle, still used in the Philippines, and on the hands of the retired special forces (airborne / ranger) they are as lethal as any new auto rifle, some years ago 3 retired rangers stopped a 25 man team of rebels sowing fear in their new home using this rifle! Hahaha!

  2. The Haitians true nationality are that they're Israelites from the tribe of Levi!!! they are Leviticus priest!!! The true Army that they're forming is not one made of man's hand!! It's spiritual!!!

  3. What is that argument "It is symbolic"? One of the poorest nations in the world, will spend their money on something that literally does nothing. This is why their stupid country doesn't work.

  4. This is ironic, how they have been stealing all of your wealth and yet have claiming how poor you are this is insane. Until Haiti stop being friends with the international oppressor we will be exactly where they want us to be. One of the poorest thus we're probably the richest.

  5. Why when ever we're taking care of our own business, the international always want to put their nose in our issue. Meanwhile when they are solving they shit we never involved tell them stay out of that

  6. Haiti is an absolute shithole. The only men they will attract is poor kids with nothing else going for them. The only thing that stops Haiti from descending into the Stone Age is Western funding. LOL.

  7. Keep it tuned, there's more to come with this army thing. I don't see any point of an army in a country where money its needed to feed the people and there are no enemies unless they are planning to invade Dominican Republic.

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