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UK Warns Against All Travel To Caribbean Nation


On February 29, violent gangs began attacking important government sites in Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince. The United Nations believes that thousands of people have been slain and hundreds of thousands have been displaced, with widespread claims of rape, torture, and ransom kidnapping.

The UK government has issued a travel warning to Haiti, where conflict and gang violence are on the rise.

It is based on US Secretary of State Antony Blinken's visit to Jamaica to try and find a solution to the problem, which might bring down the government of Haiti.

On February 29, strong gangs launched attacks on critical government targets around Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, with gunmen burning police stations, closing the main international airports, and raiding the country's two largest prisons, liberating 4,000 inmates.

There are no British consular authorities in the nation, as embassy personnel transferred to the Dominican Republic in November 2019.

According to the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO), support will be "severely limited" in Haiti.

It stated on its website that "FCDO advises against all travel to Haiti due to the volatile security situation."

The United Nations estimates that thousands of people have died and hundreds of thousands have been displaced as a result of the fighting, with widespread claims of rape, torture, and ransom kidnappings.

Antony J. Blinken will meet with Caribbean leaders as Prime Minister Ariel Henry faces growing pressure to quit or accede to a transitional council.

It is unknown if , who has been barred from entering his nation, will attend the conference, which has been convened by members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), a regional trade organisation that has been advocating for a transitional government for months.


According to a statement from the State Department, Mr. Blinken will address a plan to speed a political transition in Haiti as well as the long-awaited deployment of a multinational security operation to restore order in Haiti, led by Kenya.

Haiti declared a state of emergency on March 3 after gang lord and former police officer Jimmy Cherizier, also known as Barbecue, called for criminal organisations to band together and remove Ariel Henry.

The prime minister was in Kenya when the assaults began, advocating for the UN-backed deployment of an East African police force, which has been delayed due to a court order.

After being turned away from the Dominican Republic, which is located on the same island as Haiti, he finally made his way to Puerto Rico last week.

Henry has not made any public statements since the attacks started.

The office of Dominican President Luis Abinader declared in a statement on Saturday that "Henry is not welcome in the Dominican Republic for security reasons." The Dominican Republic, which is located next to Haiti on the island of Hispaniola, has closed its land border

According to the statement, the security situation in Haiti is "totally unsustainable" and constitutes a direct danger to the Dominican Republic's safety and stability.

As stated in the statement, "if a peacekeeping force is not deployed immediately to restore order, the situation could worsen even further."


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