Above: UN peacekeepers conduct an emergency response training exercise (UN Photo/Victoria Hazou)
By the Caribbean Journal staff
Nearly 12,000 United Nations peacekeepers are on emergency standby in Haiti as tropical storm Emily heads towards the island, which is still struggling to recover from the 2010 earthquake the ravaged the country. Contingent groups of MINUSTAH, the UN Stabilisation Mission in Haiti, have been deployed as a precautionary measure on the ground in Gonaives and Les Cayes. If the storm hits, the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is coordinating all UN agencies’ action, including pre-positioning food stocks, cholera treatment kits and tents.