President Biden Urges Swift Deployment of Kenyan-Led Security Force to Haiti Following Missionaries’ Killings

In response to the tragic killing of three American missionaries in Haiti, President Joe Biden has called for the rapid deployment of a Kenyan-led security force to the violence-ridden Caribbean nation.

The call for immediate intervention comes in the wake of an announcement by the non-profit organization Missions in Haiti Inc., confirming that three of its missionaries were fatally shot by gunmen in Port-au-Prince on Thursday night.

This incident is the latest in a series of violent attacks by powerful armed groups that have taken control of significant portions of the Haitian capital, exacerbating months of escalating violence.

Missouri State Representative Ben Baker identified two of the victims as his daughter Natalie Lloyd and son-in-law Davy Lloyd, who were full-time missionaries. The identity of the third victim has not yet been disclosed.

Highlighting the urgency of the situation, a National Security Council spokesperson stated, “The security situation in Haiti cannot wait,” underscoring President Biden’s commitment to supporting the “expedited deployment” of the Kenyan-led force during discussions with Kenyan President William Ruto.

President Ruto had recently concluded a visit to Washington, D.C., where he met with President Biden and other senior U.S. leaders to discuss various issues, including the deployment of the security forces to Haiti.

“Our hearts go out to the families of those killed as they experience unimaginable grief,” the National Security Council spokesperson added.

The killings of the missionaries underscore the severe and worsening security conditions in Haiti. Since the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in 2021, the country has faced escalating gang violence and political instability.

The latest unrest began in February with gang attacks on police stations and other state institutions, leading to the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry and the appointment of an interim presidential council.

This tragic event and the call for international intervention reflect the critical need for stability and security in Haiti amidst the ongoing crisis.

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