By: Major Carl MacKinlay, Deputy Task Force Commander Op HAMLET
While Operation HAMLET is one of the smallest international missions with CAF participation, the challenges its members face every day are anything but small. Haiti is currently facing a heated political deadlock, and the five deployed CAF officers are doing their part to support the country in emerging from its current crisis. They support the United Nations Stabilization Mission (MINUSTAH), wherein UN partners are working hard to assist in stabilizing the country and at the same time prepare to eventually withdraw.
Just over six years have passed since the devastating 2010 earthquake, and Haiti is again standing at a critical point in its development and democratization. Haiti achieved some positive momentum by holding the second of three electoral rounds on October 25, 2015. However, the country faced a setback when the third electoral round was postponed against a backdrop of mounting tensions over the electoral process and increasing security concerns. The risk of a governance vacuum was averted by an agreement arrived at on February 5, 2016 which brought in a transitional government with the mandate to complete the 2015 electoral cycle before summer 2016.
MINUSTAH’s overall military force consists of up to 2,370 troops led by Brazilian Lieutenant General Ajax Porto Pinheiro. His Chief of Staff, Canadian Colonel Nicolas Pilon, occupies one of the most demanding positions in the MINUSTAH Military…