Thu. Jul 25th, 2024

Authorities in Benin have pledged 2,000 troops to participate in the multinational security support force to help the Republic of Haiti cope with the cycle of violence there.

According to Radio France Internationale on Tuesday, the move builds on the strong historical ties between Benin and Haiti, as the cultural and historical similarities and ties between the two countries are strong, especially thanks to voodoo (a syncretic religious doctrine rooted in West Africa and practiced in parts of the Caribbean, especially in Haiti and parts of the southern United States).

José Blea, who is in charge of President Patrice Talon’s mission for arts and culture in Benin, explained that “voodoo forms a strong bond between Benin and Haiti.”

It is not the first time Beninese authorities have helped the Haitian people, and that was during the 2010 earthquake, when Benin welcomed and supported the study of about 100 Haitian students on its territory.

It is noteworthy that the United Nations spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, confirmed on April 30, that the Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Benin, Chad, Jamaica and Kenya, officially informed the Secretary-General of their intention to contribute elements to the Multinational Security Support Force for Haiti, under Security Council Resolution 2699 of 2023.

Dujarric said $18 million had been deposited in the trust fund allocated to the support mission and that the funds had been provided by Canada, France and the United States.

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