Haiti Is In Turmoil — But Is International Intervention The Right Solution?

Haiti is a country in crisis. Armed gangs have overtaken the capital of Port-au-Prince. Electricity and clean drinking water are in very short supply and there’s been an outbreak of cholera. Half the population is facing acute hunger.

Haiti’s government has asked for international assistance. But many Haitians don’t want that.

NPR’s Eyder Peralta spoke to Haitians who are actively resisting the idea of international intervention.

NPR’s Michele Kelemen reports on the debate at the United Nations over whether to send an international force into Haiti to help stabilize the situation.

And NPR’s Rachel Martin speaks to Robert Fatton, a Haitian American professor of politics at the University of Virginia, about Haiti’s long, complicated and painful history with international intervention.

In participating regions, you’ll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what’s going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.