IT STAYS WITH YOU:use of force by UN peacekeepers in Haiti

2017 – 50 mins. Directed and Produced by Cahal McLaughlin and Siobhán Wills

The documentary film is about the impact on the local community of UN peacekeepers’ use of force in Cité Soleil, Haiti, during the period 2004-2007, which left scores of civilians dead. No investigation has ever been carried out and none of those affected has ever been contacted by the UN, local police or journalists.


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Between 2005 and 2007 UN peacekeeping troops carried out several raids on Cite Soleil, a severely economically-depressed neighborhood of Port au Prince. The raids were targeted against leaders of criminal gangs but scores of other people were killed, including children, and many more injured. This documentary returns to Cité Soleil to examine the impact of those raids on the community and to find out how victims of those raids have fared in the ten years since they occurred. We contextualize the testimonies by interviewing Ricardo Seitenfus (OAS representative in Haiti at the time of the raids); Professors Camille Chambers and Ilionor Louis from l’Université d’État d’Haiti; Philip Alston, ex-UN Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Killings; Christof Heyns, member of the UN Human Rights Committee; John Carroll, a consultant at St Catherine’s Hospital, Beatrice Lindstrom, Institute for Democracy and Justice in Haiti (Boston) and Seth Donnelly, a human rights and labour activist who was a witness in the aftermath of one of the raids.