Who’s in Charge in Haiti? Brazil or the US?

    Tents in Haiti

    Tents in Haiti Since Haiti’s earthquake there has been some confusion about exactly who is in charge in the country. Before the quake, it was the UN Stabilization Mission (MINUSTAH). Here is a breakdown (before the earthquake, November 30, 2009):

    Major-General Floriano Peixoto Vieira Neto (Brazil) Force Commander, Mamadou Mountaga Diallo (Guinea) Police Commissioner, 9,065 total uniformed personnel, 7,031 troops, 2,034 police, 488 international civilian personnel, 1,212 local civilian staff, 214 United Nations Volunteers

    Military personnel are from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Jordan, Nepal, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, United States and Uruguay.

    Police personnel are from Argentina, Bangladesh, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Columbia, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Egypt, El Salvador, France, Guinea, India, Jamaica, Jordan, Madagascar, Mali, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Senegal, Serbia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Togo, Turkey, United States, Uruguay and Yemen.

    Since the earthquake, the United States has taken control of the airport, poured thousands of soldiers into the country and Washington has issued a series of declarations that raised doubts about the authority of the United Nations in controlling security, something that was being done by MINUSTAH led by Brazilian military personnel.

    However, major general Floriano Peixoto, the UN force commander, says there is no reason for doubts because the UN remains in charge of activities. The Brazilian general says that American activities will be concentrated in humanitarian aid distribution as it becomes available, something they will do together with the Canadians.

    Meanwhile, the Brazilian ambassador in Haiti, Igor Kipman, reports that the neighborhoods of Cité Soleil, Cité Militaire and Bel Air, which are considered the most violent areas of the capital, are not in the hands of gangs and that life in those areas is just about what it was before the earthquake.

    Colonel João Batista Bernardes, a Brazilian battalion commander, says that the capital is under the control of MINUSTAH and that “…the violence that has taken place has been sporadic and even understandable given the circumstances that many of the 3 million inhabitants of Port-au-Prince are now exposed to.”

    At the beginning of week, secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, said that the US could expand its activities beyond aid distribution if so requested by the president of Haiti, Rene Preval. That was what happened with the airport. Due to the chaos and need for aid to get into Haiti more rapidly, Preval asked the US to take over air traffic control.

    More Soldiers

    The United Nations Security Council approved sending an additional 3,500 men to Haiti, which will increase the strength of the UN Stabilization Mission (MINUSTAH) to 8,900 soldiers and 3,700 policemen.

    The additional men will assist in protecting convoys of humanitarian aid, keeping the peace and assisting the needy. The UN says that the death toll from the Jan 12 earthquake will probably be more than 200,000, with some 500,000 injured and a total of 3 million affected (the population of Haiti is around 9 million). There are probably about 1.5 million homeless people. All in all, one of the biggest disasters in history.

    According to the UN, around 800 soldiers are already in the Dominican Republic and will be moved into Haiti immediately.

    Meanwhile, the Brazilian Foreign Minister, Celso Amorim, announced that Brazil could double the number of soldiers it has in Haiti. Brazil has the largest contingent of soldiers in MINUSTAH, more than 1,200. But at least 17 Brazilian soldiers died in the earthquake.

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    • Reed27Louise

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    • dnbaiacu

      Captain Carnaval.. Thanks
      [quote]Coordination is what is lacking now. People are dying like flies for no reason. Children. Remember the UN is in charge ! ! !
      [/quote]

      Please continue to help people get the “drift”.

      The U.N. is a “Beast” in the end. Beasts “eat” people , not help.:sad::sad:
      Whatever help finally given , ONCE things get coordinated will be token at best and for show.

      [b]4 There is a generation whose teeth are swords and whose jawbones are slaughtering knives, to eat up the afflicted ones off the earth and the poor ones from among mankind.
      Proverbs 30:14[/b]

      This is the era of population control.
      It is unfortunate that something like this has happened.But it is all part of the sign.
      [b]“For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be food shortages and earthquakes in one place after another. 8 All these things are a beginning of pangs of distress.
      Matthew 24:7[/b]

      And we are at the time when the baby is about to be born:o

      [b]5 Now as for the times and the seasons, brothers, YOU need nothing to be written to YOU. 2 For YOU yourselves know quite well that the Lord’s day is coming exactly as a thief in the night. 3 Whenever it is that they are saying: “Peace and security!” then sudden destruction is to be instantly upon them just as the pang of distress upon a pregnant woman; and they will by no means escape. 1 Thessolonians 5:1-3
      [/b]

      It is very clear.. Hopefully many can be convinced to not be distracted and focus on what is important.
      [b]And I saw another wild beast ascending out of the earth, and it had two horns like a lamb, but it began speaking as a dragon. 12 And it exercises all the authority of the first wild beast in its sight. And it makes the earth and those who dwell in it worship the first wild beast, whose death-stroke got healed. 13 And it performs great signs, so that it should even make fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the sight of mankind.
      14 And it misleads those who dwell on the earth, because of the signs that were granted it to perform in the sight of the wild beast, while it tells those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the wild beast that had the sword-stroke and yet revived. 15 And there was granted it to give breath to the image of the wild beast, so that the image of the wild beast should both speak and cause to be killed all those who would not in any way worship the image of the wild beast.
      16 And it puts under compulsion all persons, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free and the slaves, that they should give these a mark in their right hand or upon their forehead, 17 and that nobody might be able to buy or sell except a person having the mark, the name of the wild beast or the number of its name.
      Revelation 13:11-18[/b]

      The League of nations was the original beast. The “image of the wild beast” is its successor , the United Nations.

      It has a mission……….
      Those in the know,,,,,, know;-)
      If something BATTLES with a “Lamb” , it must have evil intent.:sad:
      Do the math.
      [b]12 “And the ten horns that you saw mean ten kings, who have not yet received a kingdom, but they do receive authority as kings one hour with the wild beast. 13 These have one thought, and so they give their power and authority to the wild beast. 14 These will battle with the Lamb, but, because he is Lord of lords and King of kings, the Lamb will conquer them. Also, those called and chosen and faithful with him [will do so].”Revelation 17:12-14
      [/b]

    • Captain America

      “Quote”
      [quote]I didn’t see the Red Cross anywhere. The United Nations has no food or water for the patients or doctors. The hundreds of millions raised by the Big Boys like the American Red Cross sickens me. If you want your money to go whose on the ground working, send it to http://www.ProjectMedishare.org or http://www.IsraAID.org.il – they are there working 24/7.

      Our plane has flown over a hundred surgeons down and dozens of patients back. We need a large airplane that can hold more than 11 surgeons doing two daily flights to Port-au-Prince for surgeons and medical support. The doctors, rescuers, and medical support personnel are ready to go. We just can’t get them there 11 at a time.

      There were so many massive cargo planes and soldiers flown in yesterday the airport looked like a war zone. Mostly US Military, but many from Canada and planes from Czechoslovakia, Finland, Ecuador, Brazil, Russia and so many other countries. This massive air operation was run flawlessly by TYNDALL AFB. The humanity of so many countries coming to the aid of Haiti is such a beautiful message compared to the psychotic wars and unrest in the other parts of the world.[/quote]

      Coordination is what is lacking now. People are dying like flies for no reason. Children. Remember the UN is in charge ! ! !

    • Ricky March

      A report from the ground in Haiti
      Who gives a damn what the armchair quarterbacks have to say about it. Ask the survivors who were chanting USA USA USA yesterday while watching American firefighters rescue their countrymen.

      This article is from millionaire Hank Asher who has donated his planes, equipment, and money to this disaster.

      Project Medishare is accepting patients as fast as they come, patching up the non-critical and sending them home – more accurately back to the street. IsraAid has a mob scene on the road, which they were handling well. They are able to triage critical versus non-critical, which they have to turn away. It wasn’t hard for me to get in. One “Shalom,” they shook my hand, hugged me and brought me to Dr. Iky Ginsberg from the University of Miami, who was there coordinating with them. Unlike the UM Docs, the Israeli Docs have guns. My son-in-law Turbo (Wally Yoost) and I did too. Boca Raton seems dangerous compared to the Israeli compound in Haiti.

      Project Medishare is almost ready to move into four enormous air-conditioned new tents that they just constructed. Hopefully IMSuRT (International Medical Surgical Response Team) will join forces with Project Medishare and locate on Medishare’s massive property a new facility on Port-au-Prince Airport grounds.

      I met the President and First Lady of Haiti at the current Medishare tent hospital and at the new Medishare massive site. They are both so grateful. The patients were so touched that their President and First Lady were visiting them in the UM-Medishare hospital.

      There were so many massive cargo planes and soldiers flown in yesterday the airport looked like a war zone. Mostly US Military, but many from Canada and planes from Czechoslovakia, Finland, Ecuador, Brazil, Russia and so many other countries. This massive air operation was run flawlessly by TYNDALL AFB. The humanity of so many countries coming to the aid of Haiti is such a beautiful message compared to the psychotic wars and unrest in the other parts of the world.

      Coordination is what is lacking now. People are dying like flies for no reason. Children.

      Water and food is arriving, but it’s not being distributed. There truly is no water or food for Haitian people right now. There’s not enough water and food for the doctors and patients in the tent hospitals. The Haitian people are sleeping outside because they are scared of going back into their homes or buildings. At night, there were thousands of people sleeping in public parks (nothing like US parks), on the side of and in the streets. They would barricade areas off with rocks on highways and are sleeping on the rubble filled highways and streets.

      Hopefully our Military, IMSuRT, Medishare, IsraAid and others can coordinate efforts and build a real hospital on the new Medishare site that the University of Miami built faster than the militaries of the various countries could build theirs. It would save tens of thousands of lives.

      Our plane has flown over a hundred surgeons down and dozens of patients back. We need a large airplane that can hold more than 11 surgeons doing two daily flights to Port-au-Prince for surgeons and medical support. The doctors, rescuers, and medical support personnel are ready to go. We just can’t get them there 11 at a time.

      I didn’t see the Red Cross anywhere. The United Nations has no food or water for the patients or doctors. The hundreds of millions raised by the Big Boys like the American Red Cross sickens me. If you want your money to go whose on the ground working, send it to http://www.ProjectMedishare.org or http://www.IsraAID.org.il – they are there working 24/7.

      On the ground, University of Miami has Retired Colonel Ron Bogue. He was one of Schwarzkopf’s right hand men in Desert Storm and is the best facilitator and “make it happen” man I’ve ever met. Dr. Barth Green, the head of neurosurgery at the University of Miami and Pascal Goldschmidt, Dean of University of Miami Medical School, were on the ground making this all happen. What a team! And the Israelis rock…

      I’m sorry but I don’t know the Florida/US Rescue teams/Ambulances Teams/EMTs that are there, but they are digging people out and delivering to tent hospitals 24/7 – amazing people!

      We, with doctors and four critically injured children on board, were greeted late last night by BSO in force – deputies/fire rescue/ambulances – BSO is a great Sheriff’s Office! The Rock Stars from TYNDALL AFB that are handling Haitian Airspace with military precision and three ambulances from Jackson Memorial Hospital. BSO Launched one of their ambulances as well to Jackson Memorial. Heartwarming humanity.

    • asp

      what a stupid title to this article….
      who cares as long as people are trying to get things done…

      who knows why the planes were diverted, but ,nasty speculations before hearing the facts is bs…do some people think it was some kind of power domination play , and someone sent them away for that?

      the usa has more haitian immigrants than most places, i dont know how many are in france…most haitians commenting on brazilian tv are commenting in english…

      as long as people are trying to get things done, nasty little blame game shit should just be canned….

    • TheMist

      Port-au-Prince, January 19, 2010 – A Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) cargo plane carrying 12 tons of medical equipment, including drugs, surgical supplies and two dialysis machines, was turned away three times from Port-au-Prince airport since Sunday night despite repeated assurances of its ability to land there. This 12-ton cargo was part of the contents of an earlier plane carrying a total of 40 tons of supplies that was blocked from landing on Sunday morning. Since January 14, MSF has had five planes diverted from the original destination of Port-au-Prince to the Dominican Republic. These planes carried a total of 85 tons of medical and relief supplies.

      “We have had five patients in Martissant health center die for lack of the medical supplies that this plane was carrying,” said Loris de Filippi, emergency coordinator for the MSF’s Choscal Hospital in Cite Soleil. “I have never seen anything like this. Any time I leave the operating theater I see lots of people desperately asking to be taken for surgery. Today, there are 12 people who need lifesaving amputations at Choscal Hospital. We were forced to buy a saw in the market to continue amputations. We are running against time here.”

      More than 500 patients in need of surgery have been transferred from MSF health center in the Martissant neighborhood to Choscal Hospital with more than 230 operated on since Thursday. MSF teams have been working since the first hours after the earthquake and these cargo shipments are vital to continue their ability to provide essential medical care to victims of the disaster. In five different locations in the city, MSF has given primary care to an estimated 3,000 people in the capital and performed more than 400 surgeries.

      “It is like working in a war situation,” said Rosa Crestani, MSF medical coordinator for Choscal Hospital. “We don’t have any more morphine to manage pain for our patients. We cannot accept that planes carrying lifesaving medical supplies and equipment continue to be turned away while our patients die. Priority must be given to medical supplies entering the country.”

      Many of the patients have been pulled from the rubble of collapsed buildings are at grave risk of death from septicemia and the consequences of “crush syndrome,” a condition where damaged muscle tissue releases toxins into the bloodstream and can lead to death from kidney failure. Dialysis machines are vital to keeping patients alive with this condition.

      Another two planes carrying a total of 26 MSF aid workers were diverted to Dominican Republic. MSF has successfully landed five planes with a total of 135 tons of supplies into Port-au-Prince. Another 195 tons of supplies will need to be granted permission to land in the airport in the coming days in order to continue MSF’s scale up of its medical relief operation in Haiti.

    • TheMist

      Don’t argue, here’s the TRUTH
      Read the quote from this article carefully “At the beginning of week, secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, said that the US could expand its activities beyond aid distribution if so requested by the president of Haiti, Rene Preval. That was what happened with the airport. Due to the chaos and need for aid to get into Haiti more rapidly, Preval asked the US to take over air traffic control.”
      THE PROBLEM IS NOT MONEY – IT’S DISTRIBUTION. Dr. Sanjay from CNN just said he doesn’t know WHY all these supplies are just SITTING at the airport?? I LOVE the U.S. – let’s just get an answer as to why the stuff is just sitting there….

    • James from Philly

      You dont want our Help? No problemo
      Listen closely,, the Unites States of America is without question the most philathropic nation in the world today.. Private citizens of America as well as our Governement give more money to aid poorer countries and most of the other First World countries COMBINED!!

      If the rest of the world cant start appreciating our benevolence, they can KISS MY AMERICAN ASS.

      GOD BELSS AMERICA…

    • BostonMa

      hello
      “Its sort of a mini invasion of Haiti with the USA military totally controlling the airspace and seaways of Haiti. “

      You better not be serious. invasion?!? We are helping rescue dying people and you have the audacity to portray USA as invaders??

      Im tired of the disrespect from around the world. We are going out of our way to help DYING people and there are so many ignorant people like you trying to make us look bad at every chance you get.

      Use your energy to invent something the world can benefit from. Them mabye you wont have to blame everything on the USA!

      Yours truly. Boston Ma 😉

    • Truth

      Who is in Charge Brazil of US
      Haiti lost its United Nation’s Peace keeping mechanism in Haiti after the Earthquake hit.

      Although UN peacekeeping forces numbers 10,000+ most are unable to control the very basic component of the country since most of its Command and control functions have been decimated.

      One example of this is that the Filipino contingent of peacekeepers did not recieved orders from the UN Military general but from the AFP head in Manila to do what they can to rescue UN personels from the UN HQ.

      The US brought in its own troops numbering 10000 and climbing with an intact Command and Control in an effort to control the country starting with the Airport.

      Its sort of a mini invasion of Haiti with the USA military totally controlling the airspace and seaways of Haiti.

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