When Protectors Turn Predators
“United Nations forces in Haiti have become as familiar as the country’s barren hillsides,” writes Kathie Klarreich, in the opening of a new 100Reporters series on the conduct of UN troops in Haiti. The international troops first arrived in 1993, and have been there on and off ever since. Most recently, they came in 2004 to quell post-election violence. The blue helmets managed to restore a measure of stability, but critics say they have fostered a culture of exploitation and impunity.