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Haiti Mission: Canada Sends Around 70 Soldiers in Jamaica to Train Caribbean Troops | Latin Post [Video]

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Canada has dispatched approximately 70 soldiers to Jamaica to provide training for Caribbean troops set to participate in an UN-authorized mission to Haiti, according to the Canadian defense ministry on Saturday.

Last year, Kenya took the lead in organizing the mission, aimed at assisting national police in combating potent gangs in Haiti, where escalating violence has led to a dire humanitarian crisis, Reuters reports.

However, legal challenges in Kenya have stalled the initiative.

The troops from Canada, hailing from the predominantly French-speaking province of Quebec, will offer instruction on fundamental peacekeeping techniques and combat first aid.

This move aligns with Haiti’s official languages, one of which is French.

During their stay in Jamaica, slated for an initial month, the troops will train approximately 330 Caribbean troops from Jamaica, Belize, and the Bahamas.

Last month, Canada pledged C$80.5 million to support the deployment of the Kenyan-led mission.

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