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[CUBA] Operation Barrio Caribeño
Topic Started: Feb 15 2018, 12:30 AM (517 Views)
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Posted ImageOperation Barrio Caribeño

Cuba's nearest neighbor is the nation of Haiti. It is a poor country that consistently ranks in as one of the most underdeveloped and struggling nations in the world. The Republic of Cuba wishes to reach out to the nation of Haiti and to provide it with humanitarian aid. Cuba wishes to foster a closeness with the Haitian people in the hopes of improving the lives of ordinary citizens.

Humanitarian aid will be provided primarily in the medical field. The Republic of Cuba will ask Haiti for permission to open clinics across the country staffed by Cuban doctors and supplied by the Cuban medical industry. Doctors would be asked to volunteer, however if the quota of 10,000 is not met then some would be summoned by the state to serve six-month shifts abroad.

1600 soldiers are planned to be deployed to ensure the safety of Cuban medical staff. Deployed soldiers would be asked to assist the doctors in performance of their duties.

Transports containing goods seek permission to land regularly at Haiti's two international airports: Cap-Haïtien International Airport and Toussaint Louverture International Airport with their G.222's. They would also ask to use the smaller airports of Haiti to transport goods using the DHC-6 Twin Otters.

The secret and unstated goal of Barrio Caribeño is to sway public opinion in favor of Cuba and to foster a Haitian communist movement. None but the planners of this operation would know this goal.

Location: Haiti
Budget: 3% monthly

Participating Units

  • 7o Regimento de Infantería

  • 1er Escuadrón de Transporte

  • 10,000 Civilian doctors

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Aeritalia G.222
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DHC-6 Twin Otter

  • Gain permission of Haitian state to establish permanent humanitarian aid (Complete)

  • Establish clinics across Haiti, staffed by civilians and military personnel (On-going)

  • Establish supply chains to ensure mission success (Complete)

  • [SECRET] Strengthen pro-communist sentiment in Haiti (On-going)
Edited by Moira, Mar 13 2018, 01:24 AM.
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The Republic of Cuba would be in communication with the Republic of Haiti prior to the announcement of Operation Barrio Caribeño. They would draft a message to the Haitian government that stated their aims. It reads:

"The Republic of Cuba wishes to extend its hand to Haiti in an act of solidarity. Haiti is a country which has been regularly rocked by disasters both natural and manmade. The Cuban people offer their sincerest wishes to help in any way we can. We ask that Haiti accept this plan for aid and that they take it knowing that we do not ask for anything in return.

We envision a Haiti where disease is put dead in its tracks, as it is in Cuba. To accomplish this, we propose opening clinics across the country staffed by Cuban doctors.

This plan will require us to deploy military assets to cover the supply chain from Cuba to Haiti as well to ensure the safety of our civilians, however we assure you that our service men and women will conduct themselves respectably. Please understand that they are crucial to the execution of this plan.

Medical supplies from Cuba will need to be flown in - our transport squadron will see that it is done properly. We only ask that Haiti's airports - international and domestic are open to them.

Cuba sincerely wishes that you will contemplate and accept this offer."
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The Haitian government would acquiesce to the Cuban offer of aid in full. With the arrival of Argentinian aircraft, Operation Barrio would be launched in earnest. The operation calls for single doctor clinics to serve roughly 1000 Haitians each. Doctors and their military guards would be distributed proportionately to municipalities of over 1000.

The 1600 military personnel would be distributed equally to all 10 of Haiti's departments in battalions of 160. They would be further divided into 8 groups of 20 and garrisoned in the 8 largest clinics of each department. Each group would be responsible for patrolling around their nearest clinics and distributing the medical supplies accordingly.

Planes would fly domestically from Havana to Camaguey and would depart from Cuba to Haiti from Ignacio Agramonte International Airport to various airports across Haiti.

They follow the route FK>FL and return to Camaguey by FL>FK.

The same routes will be used to fly in medical supplies every month. Each clinic will be kept fully stocked. Haitian citizens would not be charged for healthcare services.

The doctors will perform regular physician practice, STI tests, pregnancy care, etc. Reading materials would be printed in both French and Haitian Creole to provide basic health information as well as pro-communist propaganda.

MunicipalityDepartment# Troops
Port au PrinceOuest20
Cité SoleilOuest20
Petite Rivière de l'ArtiboniteArtibonite20
Île de la TortueNord-Ouest20
La Vallée-de-JacmelSud-Est20
Les CayesSud20
Les AnglaisSud20
Edited by Moira, Feb 20 2018, 06:05 PM.
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"Prendez-vous ces pilules deux fois par jour. La premier fois à neuf heures et la deuxième fois à vingt-et-un heures. Les prendez-vous un mois et rendez-vous avec moi le premier août."

"Oui, merci docteur."

Dr. Carlos Trabajo would give his patient a reassuring smile and hand him a bottle of pills and a printed pamphlet in French - a piece of communist propaganda - as he left one of Port-au-Prince's many neighborhood clinics. Outside he would hear the rumbling of a diesel engine - a truck that had been borrowed from a local to drive medical supplies to the city's clinics.

The clinic was not as clean as he would have hoped - but it made do. There were rarely surgeries so it did not bother Carlos much. A group of four soldiers began to unload the truck. Crates of pharmaceuticals from Cuba among other general medical supplies.

He felt good about the work he was doing here - Haiti is a land with a lot of suffering: a testament to the evils of capital. Carlos, like all doctors sent to Haiti, work their hardest to provide aid to the Haitians.

"Seeing how we live versus how they live may be a great motivator for the Haitians to organize." He thought to himself. The crates of supplies we're stacked neatly inside the quaint building and Carlos set to putting it all away in locked containers.
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Haiti is a country wrought with crime - sexual assault is particularly common. Dr. Carlos Trabajo sees many patients in and out whose pregnancy or health issues stem from this plague. For the women who come in, life is difficult. They're often shunned by their families and neighbors for being victims of assault. One such woman has come in - she is six months into her pregnancy and the stitches on her arms from where her attacker stabbed her as she fled have opened and become infected. A soldier, Cabo Vida Guerra volunteered to work alongside him as an aide.

Dr. Trabajo cleans the wound and restitches the arm. When he leaves the room to attend other patients, Vida consoles the woman. She learns of her plight - and the plight of many Haitian women and promises to make things right. That night, Vida meets secretly with 8 other women soldiers assigned to posts in Port-au-Prince who have all heard similar stories. Together they form a plan to get some little justice for the victims of sexual assault in Haiti. Over the next week they will work closely with physicians to get close to victims, hear their tales, take names and notes on their assailants.

Then, they strike. In one night, they move throughout the streets of Port-au-Prince - dressed in civilian clothes but brandishing their service weapons, Makarov PMs, as well as kitchen knifes. In one night, the squad identifies and executes 5 notorious rapists in the municipalities of Port-au-Prince. They are in and out quickly, not wasting time or ammunition - their knifes suffice. They manage to overpower all of the men on their list, each left naked in alleyways and dark places - each identified with a V carved roughly into their forehead - in French, Creole or Spanish the message is clear: V for Violeur, Vyolan, Violador.

The next morning the women meet for breakfast in a Haitian café, dressed in their military fatigues, before their shifts and as they wait for the media to play catch up.
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The longer Dr. Trabajo works in Haiti, the more fliers accumulate. "Are so many people here really unopen to our message?" He asks himself. His next patient is a kindly older man, a regular, who walks in on a cane. He sits the man down on his examination table, gives him a look over and prescribes him pain-killers for his arthritis.

At the end of the session Dr. Trabajo offers him a flier which the man refuses - as he always does.

"Mesye, why don't you take one to read?"

"Read? Doktè, I do not know how to read! Nobody in my family knows how to read either - half the people do not know how."

Trabajo is stunned, coming from Cuba where literacy has been nearly 100% for almost thirty years. Trabajo looks down at his fliers, "Then, mesye, how should we get this message out?"

"I listen to the radio every night with my family. I would start there if I were you."

"Thank you, mesye. I will see you next week."

That night, Dr. Trabajo pens a letter to the head of the mission with his suggestions. The head takes it into mind and new pamphlets are printed directing readers to tune into the AM channels for Radio Havana Cuba - a 24 hour radio that broadcasts in Haitian Creole and in French. AM is largely unused in Haiti so it is very easy for Haitians to tune in.

With this new approach, Cuban efforts to educate the Haitian people should be much more effective.
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Jean Baptiste Thelusma was sitting at his desk. At age 45 he was young to be the head of Police Nationale d’Haïti or the Haitian National Police. Sitting in his office in Port-au-Prince he was becoming a troubled man. He normally was not one to be overly worried, but the Cuban de'facto invasion in the name of aid was worrying him. Operation Barrio Caribeño as the Cubans called it was extremely helpful, but the huge amounts of Cuban troops had him on edge. The politicians had naturally agreed to the request for Cuban troops to be allowed in, but Jean along with many of his colleagues in the military and law enforcement were seeing it more of a nuisance than a help. It was obvious that most of the common people were overjoyed by the aid and that was cause for concern. His officers were starting to see flyers appear, very pro-communism flyers.

And now this, five notorious rapists had been found dead this morning. A 'V' had been cut into their forehead and they had been left naked in allies. He knew that the underground crime lords were going to annoyed at this. Some of the men were part of major crime organizations. His men would surely be bribed to find someone to be a scapegoat. But Jean and others who easily saw the writing on the wall knew three things. 1) It was a group (most likely) of Cuban Soldiers who had done this. 2) They would not be able to prove that, and not be able to charge any of them for the murders. And 3) Any wrong step would very likely cause a crisis. Especially when this hit the papers.

Jean had no love for rapists or any criminal for that matter. But he was being pressured to find someone, anyone to take the fall. Guilty or not. And once this hit the news there would be uproar. And accuse the wrong person, and riots would be added to the list of his problems. Of course, this was not being heard by those above him. The crime organizations might want a scapegoat, but they might not like the result of one. And he knew the crime lords ran Haiti.
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The following night, Cabo Vida and her comrades meet again in a secluded place, taking care not to be overheard. The walls have ears in Cuba and they're well aware that getting caught would not end well for them in Haiti either. Vida and sisters meet at a round table - a large wooden spool that once held electrical wire. It has been tipped on its side and folding chairs placed around it. The flicker of lanterns illuminate their faces and healthy servings of food sit before them - rice, beans and fish of the local flavor - and cold beers. The Cuban soldiers eat well during their deployment in Haiti - they receive an allowance for their stay and are encouraged to patronize local farmers and fishermen, part of the campaign to make them feel more personable to the Haitian people and less like an invading force.

A radio sits in the center of the table and it is tuned to a French-language news station run out of Port-au-Prince. A velvety man's voice plays through the radio.

"Five men were found dead across the city of Havana. Each man was stabbed and stripped nude before being left in alleyways in Port-au-Prince. Each was found with the letter 'V' carved into their forehead. Police have confirmed that the killings appear to be related but have not yet made any accusations. We will continue to report on these killings as more information is available to us."

"Appear to be related..." Soldado Eneida mocked. Eneida's a young girl in her early twenties, Afro-Cuban with tight black braids held up in a ponytail. Though she may be the most junior of the women at the table she held her own last night and rank didn't matter at this table. Behind her dark brown eyes is a knowing, a maturity that is rare in women of her age.

"I'd hardly call them men." Sargento Inés laughed. A mulatto woman from Havana's Barrio Chino. She was the most senior of the women at the table - in both rank and age. Late thirties with wisdom engraved in her face. She didn't call the shots here but the others respect her judgement here as in their official duties.

"I think we should give ourselves a name," Eneida said. "You know, that way they have something cool to call us in the history books.

"History books? My God, Eneida do you want us to be caught-" Cabo Vida said.

"I think that's a good idea," said Inés, "Any ideas?"

"What about Las Cobradoras?"

"Heh, that's not bad." Vida chuckled.

The women banter back and forth for a few minutes before moving on to more serious business. Inés produces a small notebook from her pocket each page is dedicated to a known violador, who was soon to become a víctima. The need for secrecy surrounding the mission is high - so Inés was chosen as the woman to keep the record. As a mulatto woman of Chinese descent, she writes the notebook in Mandarin. The record was composed from bits and pieces collected by all members of Las Cobradoras during their shifts at the clinics. Each page included known victims of theirs, hangout spots, addresses, physical descriptions and known associates. Bits and pieces would be pieced together until there was enough to confidently track down the man.

Tonight, five more men have been marked. Their homes and hangouts will be canvased by the nine women - wearing civilian clothing. Each armed with a knife and their service pistol - if absolutely needed. Their MO is the same as before - in and out without much fuss, each stripped bare with a 'V' carved into their forehead. With a prayer, the women set out on their task. The first four are easy enough. One of the men was drunk, stumbled right into a waiting knife. Two, brothers, asleep in their beds. One walking alone in an alley.

The last marked man, however, would prove more difficult to kill. Djimy Belmont, an enforcer for one of Haiti's many gangs. Djimy is a young man - early twenties. Pressed into gang business like many young men in Haiti. Normally, he wouldn't be a problem. But tonight he is playing cards with his crew - two other men both more muscular than he and one man - fat but imposing. Propped against the table beside the big man is a pump shotgun. On the table sit two handguns.

"I don't think we can get him quietly," Vida groaned.

"We can't just let him get away," Inés said, "Our message is more clear if we're consistent - five pigs a night."

"Isn't there another on the list we can get?"

"Not in time. It has to be him."

"So what's the plan?" Eneida asked.

"They're armed so guns hot," Inés said, "Take out his entourage first. Then we can take Djimy somewhere more quiet."

Vida nods and brandishes her Makarov, "Let's get it done."

The nine women sneak up and take positions around the house where Djimy and his crew are playing their card game. On Inés' signal they rush the house. Two shots send the man sitting next to Djimy into the table. The muscular man sitting across from him reaches for his pistol. Eneida drops him with five shots. Djimy flees running off further into the house.

The big man wields his shotgun, firing it off at the doorway where Eneida is coming through. It blows off a portion of the doorframe. Eneida reaches up and feels blood dripping from the side of her head. Shrapnel. Vida fires through a window from outside where they watched the men. Eight shots drop the behemoth of a man.

"Djimy, où es-tu? Ta dette est à échéance." Inés yells into the house.

"Wangatèz! Laisse-moi!" A man's voice yells.

Automatic fire sends bullets whizzing through a thin wall. Las Cobradoras hit the floor, some grazed by the fire. There's a pause as Djimy reloads and Inés takes the opportunity to rush room where he is hiding. Djimy slides the magazine into his Mini Uzi just as the door slams open. The two lock eyes and for a moment there is stillness.

Two shots ring out as Inés drops Djimy. She keeps her pistol trained on him as she checks to make of his condition. He's still breathing but bleeding profusely.

"Well, you left me no choice."

Inés reaches down to carve a 'V' into the man's forehead. He screams out in agony before going quiet. Eneida and Vida watch from the doorway.

"Let's get out of here," Vida sighs.

Except for some nicks and scrapes - the group gets away unscathed. Surely this near brush with death will shape the tactics of Las Cobradoras moving forward. But for now, they are content to just get back for what's left of a night's rest. The wounded are patched up quietly and though shaken, Las Cobradoras would live for another night of justice.
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