Christmas in a United Nations Occupied Country 2009

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I will be spending Christmas in the Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The United Nations military force occupies the country of Haiti. As best I can tell, there are at least 10 major camps in the country and probably a lot more, I am guess. I have personally seen about five UN Military Camps.

These photos are difficult to take, these trucks full of soldiers come flying up or down Rue Lamarre, they are in a hurry. I must pull out the camera, take the photo quickly, and then hope none of the soldiers sees this as a hostile act.

Lesson learned, I was in the front seat of a taxi north of Baghdad heading towards Dohuk, Iraq in September of 2002 (3?). We was passing a United States Military Camp, I pulled out my camera and pointed it the camp.

The Taxi Driver slapped me down, saying
“Never point.”

Port-au-Prince, Haiti --- Wednesday, December 23, 2009
By Andy Graham of
Travel Gear

This country is truly occupied by the United Nations; this country is the poster child for the United Nations. They would say it is peacekeeping; I tend to believe it creates a situation of economic doom.

Does anyone know how many UN bases are in Haiti?

Christmas in a United Nations Occupied Country 2009

Usually I can find whatever I want about a war-zone by going to -- but the information on Haiti seemed to be 1 or 2 years old. I did find the following article which, although it must be "taken with a grain of salt" because it is so uniformly anti-US, might be of interest:

As frequently seems to be the case with war-zones, there appear to be almost no neutral articles. Either the UN force is made up of angels or devils -- take your choice.


The link feels to be pure propaganda crap. The UN is a stable force, and spends money. They do not appear to ever want or plan to leave. They help all the NGO's to collect money, because it appears worst than it is.

Everyone feels to be fighting over the free money, I personally think the country is in good shape.

I am going to take a tour of Cite Soleil the poster child city of Haiti this week.

I am living in what is considered a war zone. It is not, I am on
Rue Lamarre.

I am going to take a tour of Cite Soleil the poster child city of Haiti this week........

I am really looking forward to read about this through your eyes. This is what I have been waiting for.
I am seriously looking forward to read what you see.

good luck